Help me with taking photos?

Discussion in 'Photos & Videos' started by WWTimothy, Sep 28, 2007.

  1. WWTimothy

    WWTimothy New Member

    I have attempted to take some decent photos of my models and have failed. I am using a Nikon D70s digital SLR. I have tried a few different methods and am getting nowhere near the results I need. This cant be that hard considering everyone in this forum seems to do it with clean detailed finished photos. If someone could give me a brief run down on a method to take I would be grateful.
  2. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Hi Timothy,

    Welcome to The Gauge! Glad you could join us.

    Can you post some of your current pictures? It would be easier to give some advice if we could see what your results are. Don't be shy - not everyone here has stellar pictures, and some that do didn't start out that way...! ;)

  3. WWTimothy

    WWTimothy New Member

    Give me a few hours and I will post some pictures
  4. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Without seeing your photos, it is hard to judge, but one thing you might be sure of, that when you're taking closeups, to be certain that you have your camera's macro setting turned on. There are times when I'll take four or five shots, with and without macro and with and without flash. Most of what you do is in the lighting and I frequently experiment with different lighting sources. The other suggestion is to use a tripod. Holding the camera can result in all sorts of bad shots if the lens stays open long.

    I'll say this though, I have yet to master the art of taking photos and find it takes a lot of trial and error and multiple attempts before you get what you want. And I also find that you're never pleased with the results regardless....
  5. msowsun

    msowsun Member

    The Nikon D70s is a digital SLR and doesn't really have a "Macro" setting. It has a "Close-up" setting but that won't be enough to get the results you want.

    Here are some tips:

    1) Don't use flash. Use only available room lighting.

    2) Set the camera to A (aperture priority.) use the highest number possible for better depth of field. About f22- f32. This means you will need a shutter speed about 20-30 seconds long. Because of that you need to use a tripod and then use the self-timer or remote to trip the shutter so that there is no camera shake.

    You should also consider using Manual settings because long automatic exposures and black steam engines can still fool the camera's light meter.

    Depending on the amount of light available, you may need to set the ISO speed to 200 or 400. This is because at ISO 100 you may need more than 30 seconds exposure for some shots. (your camera's max shutter is 30 seconds)

    Mike Sowsun
  6. TrainNut

    TrainNut Ditat Deus

    I agree. Let's see what you've got so we can figure out how to make'em better!

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