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1BADBMW
11-29-2003, 09:58 PM
can you photo-pros explain these terms/names please?:confused:
->f-stop
->'match-needles' in the viewfinder

Thanks*th-up*

whiskeym3
11-30-2003, 05:13 AM
f/stop, deals with aperture.
"f" = focal length
"/" divided by
"stop", ie, 1.4, or 2, or 2.8 or 4.... etc

The aperture = f/stop. so if you are at a focal length of 50mm, at 1.4, then your diameter of the aperture is 35.7mm. That is the amount of light coming in at one time.

the smaller the aperture the more detail you get. so if youre at f/11, you will have more detail than if you were at f/2.

"matching the needles" deals with stops. if you match your needles, then youre suppose to be at the right exposure. That all changes depending on the material you meter off of. If the material is highly reflective, or is white, for example snow, then you need to step up a stop, ie, have the needle go up to one big block. its hard to explain, because I'm not sure the proper terms for the blocks, but you know how your needle, if it matches, is in the middle? well if you step up one stop, youre up one big block, if you step up two stops, youre two blocks from the middle one. So if youre one big block down from the middle one, then you stepped down a stop.

Kinda confusing I guess. but hope this helps.

Whiskey

1BADBMW
11-30-2003, 05:28 PM
u da man, thanks alot!! :)

Manimillion
12-01-2003, 12:12 AM
In addition to that, here is a big tip for you which would help you aloooooot...

ALWAYS REMEMBER TO BRACKET YOUR SHOTS...

Bracketing shots means, you take the same shot with 1 higher and 1 lower light meter reading... or to put it an other way, you would use 1 lower and 1 higher exposure setting for each picture you take, so that means u take 3 of the same picture, but with different settings. As you take more pictures you will see the importance of bracketing your shots with the results you will get!*th-up*

Bill Gates
12-01-2003, 12:41 AM
Originally posted by DevilOnWheelz
In addition to that, here is a big tip for you which would help you aloooooot...

ALWAYS REMEMBER TO BRACKET YOUR SHOTS...

Bracketing shots means, you take the same shot with 1 higher and 1 lower light meter reading... or to put it an other way, you would use 1 lower and 1 higher exposure setting for each picture you take, so that means u take 3 of the same picture, but with different settings. As you take more pictures you will see the importance of bracketing your shots with the results you will get!*th-up*

as good as this sounds, unfortunately most camera's will cancel out the autobracketing when you have the flash ON. which means it will not work with Flash photography and only with ambient settings.

there are some high end SLR and DSLR which has advanced bracketing. however, those units still require a flash thats capable of flash bracketing as well. and i don't have neither. :(

whiskeym3
12-01-2003, 02:08 AM
Well, if you have a dslr, then you don't have to bracket your shots. If you don't have a dslr, but have a canon g5, its good too. Just shoot in raw mode, and you can adjust the exposure to your preference.

Whiskey

Shooting raw is best, but only if you don't mind the bigger workflow.