TECH­NIQUE AS­SESS­MENT

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You can’t hang around when pho­tograph­ing kids. Was Mandi’s cam­era ready to start the shoot?

RA W vs JPEG

Sarah says… Although Mandi was used to shoot­ing in JPEG, by switch­ing to RAW she’ll get far more from the im­age file at the edit­ing stage. This in­cludes be­ing able to cor­rect the white bal­ance set­ting and tweak the ex­po­sure. As you have to be fast with kids it pays to shoot in RAW to have that ex­tra flex­i­bil­ity.

Man­ual con­trol

Sarah says… I like to shoot in Man­ual mode as that way I’m in com­plete con­trol of my ex­po­sure. I also find Auto ISO a very use­ful fea­ture as I can set my shut­ter speed and aper­ture, leav­ing my cam­era to bal­ance the ISO (see fea­ture, page 31). This is par­tic­u­larly use­ful when shoot­ing in chang­ing nat­u­ral light, where I know what depth of field I want to achieve.

Fo­cus op­tions

Sarah says… When it comes to fo­cus­ing I switch be­tween the sin­gle AF set­ting and Nikon’s AF-C (Con­tin­u­ous Servo AF) fea­ture. If there’s lots of move­ment I’ll opt for the lat­ter. That way my cam­era’s fo­cus is track­ing the chil­dren as they play. (For more on shoot­ing modes, turn to page 58.)

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