TECH­NIQUE ASSESS­MENT

Was Enid ready to take the plunge?

NPhoto - - The Apprentice -

Enid loves ex­per­i­ment­ing with her set­tings, but a more me­thod­i­cal ap­proach will pay div­i­dends…

Man­ual labour

Nigel says… Enid tends to start out with her cam­era in full auto mode, and only ven­tures into other shoot­ing modes to ex­per­i­ment, with­out nec­es­sar­ily un­der­stand­ing how these work. With wa­ter­falls, I al­most al­ways shoot in man­ual mode, as it gives me full con­trol over both the aper­ture and shut­ter speed, and en­ables me to set my exposure and then for­get about it (see be­low).

Spot the dif­fer­ence

Nigel says… Enid doesn’t re­ally think about me­ter­ing, but as wa­ter­falls con­tain both bright high­lights and deep shad­ows, it pays to be pre­cise. I try to spot-me­ter from a mid­tone, as my cam­era will then sug­gest set­tings that will ren­der this area as an av­er­age mid­tone, and so ex­pose the high­lights and shad­ows cor­rectly.

RAW in­gre­di­ents

Nigel says… Enid never shoots RAW, but be­cause of the wide range of tones in a waterfall shot it’s vi­tal to cap­ture as much tonal in­for­ma­tion as pos­si­ble. At the very least she should shoot RAW + JPEG, so that she can re­visit the RAW files when she learns how to process them (see Niko­pe­dia 1 on page 76 for more).

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