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STOP Asking about CAMERA SETTINGS!

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Get Stunning Digital Photography on Amazon at http://help.tc/s Hi! TO CLARIFY SOME STUFF ABOUT THIS VIDEO: * Understanding camera settings is …

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  1. Thank you. I get that from friends and a local website I post to. Hey, if the data is not attached to the image, I have little to no idea what my settings are unless I make it a point to look. I am typically shooting wither with a 1/1600 to 1/2500 shutter in SP mode RAW. If I'm doing waterfalls or such, I am still in SP but now at 1/2 to 1 second exposures. The rest is up to Nikon.

  2. You got it right. Here at the local lake. the group of bird photographers spend a lot of time talking about and changing camera settings, and miss the shot. We are all learning to use the gear we have so conversations can have value, but, the best thing to do is "wait for it". The bird will do what it does. Be ready.

  3. one of the best videos i think, ppl focus to much on the technical aspect of photography, i totally get Tony's frustration on the topic, after all these bloody videos and books written, ppl still ask the stupid question, getting the exposure right in a modern camera body is easy, you learn it in a few days practice… don't hate on me guys

  4. Using another picture's exif helps one gain a reference in an otherwise confusing world of aperture, iso and exposure time. Does sharing the exif affect you negatively? If not be generous and let the new comers try those settings.

    You disregard the fact that as a part of the learning journey when people begin learning something new, they try and imitate someone who knows the subject. Over time they gain an understanding of the relevant factors that contribute towards delivering the desired result. Eventually when they have learnt well, they can determine for themselves what needs to be done to obtain a desired outcome and they do not need to use imitation as a crutch anymore. Among all of those who started learning and eventually gained enough knowledge to deliver a reasonably precise outcome, every once in a while one of them comes back and posts about learning without the aid of the crutch. You too must have surely used a crutch when you started learning a new skill. Why deprive others of the crutch.

  5. I agree with what you're saying, and other people's settings don't directly translate to your image results. And yes, the artistic aspect and work put in is very important. However, settings are very important too. I don't think you mean they aren't important at all, but they aren't as "insignificant " as this video seems to imply.

    Ironically, the upcoming videos below start with your video on what your camera settings are. It even includes this exif for that great bird shot you got. ๐Ÿ˜›

    I think the reason the settings are not trivial is that they help you learn the relationship of each setting to the light, motion, etc. Your moon shot came out well because your shutter speed/iso setting prevented excessive noise. Your bird photo came out great because the sufficient shutter speed to stop the action, etc.

    I think you're right that the rest is more important, but not a single one of your photos shown would be any good at all if they were overly blurry, overexposed to the point you can't recover highlights, etc.

    I realize most experienced photographers will know the basics, but many people are still learning, and they might have a superb shot ruined because of their setting. And not all cameras have the best auto settings in the world, and I'm sure you know even when they do they don't always detect things the way you see them. Anyhow, this idea is great and we need to focus on the composition and timing and art, etc. But the exif is not meaningless. Knowing your settings and how to use them provides you the means to be prepared to properly capture the great shot when it arises…

  6. Doesnโ€™t everyone when they go to Grand Teton/Jackson Hole to capture the Snake River place their tripod in the depressions left behind by Ansley Adamโ€™s own tripod? You canโ€™t be to careful.

  7. About photo nr2: all that planning and you shot it Wide Open, you could have talen the photo put on your drive way at home no one would have seen the difference lol

  8. perfectly agree, i think it need to understand more why someone use a setting that ask the settings, copy and paste is wrong because all can change in a second moment that people try, but learn why it was so, can be useful to learn more and more..

  9. Hi! To clarify some points:

    * Understanding camera settings is important to photography. That's what Chapter 4 of Stunning Digital Photography is for. I never say in the video that camera settings don't matter; I say that knowing someone else's camera settings doesn't usually help you take your own pictures. Instead, you need to know how to choose the right settings for your camera, lens, and environment. That usually involves getting to know your gear, taking test shots, and knowing how to change settings to solve problems like motion blur and insufficient depth-of-field.

    * Trying to learn from other people's camera settings can be misleading. For example, if I take a picture at 100mm, that might be equal to 200mm on your camera. Or it might be equal to 50mm… the same applies to f/stop. If you're trying to look at the settings to recreate background blur, you'd have to take into account the distance to the subject and background, too. I've shared some bird shots at 500mm and 1/4, but you shouldn't try that at home, because those settings will probably completely ruin your pictures. And often, even with a good picture, the camera settings someone used might not be the best camera settings… I've definitely taken pictures at ISO 1600 that I should have shot at ISO 400 because I didn't have time to change the settings or I just forgot.

    * It's still important to include the camera settings when posting in our FB group because that will help other people help you. If you take a picture with camera shake and I can see that you shot it at 1/10th of a second, I can tell you that 1/30th or 1/40th would have fixed the problem.

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