Tech­nique as­sess­ment

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Don’t de­fault to wide aper­tures

Kate says... Danni con­fessed that she’ll often de­fault to her lens’s widest aper­ture when shoot­ing por­traits or de­tailed close-ups, to min­i­mize depth of field. Some­times, though, you want to have slightly more of the sub­ject in fo­cus than a tiny, mil­lime­tre-deep sliver. You might, for ex­am­ple, want to get more than one di­a­mond of a ring in fo­cus (see Hot Shot #1), or both eyes of a por­trait pin-sharp.

Take con­trol with man­ual mode

Kate says... Danni uses man­ual mode for most of her work, but tends to de­fault to the ex­po­sure rec­om­mended by the cam­era – shoot­ing with the ex­po­sure nee­dle at zero on the ex­po­sure level in­di­ca­tor. I shoot man­ual too, but start with the aper­ture that will give the depth of field I’m af­ter, make an ed­u­cated guess at the ISO that will give me a de­cent shut­ter speed, then ad­just the shut­ter speed un­til the im­age looks how I want it to look – which isn’t nec­es­sar­ily when the nee­dle is at zero.

Take con­trol of white bal­ance

Kate says... Danni tends to set her D3300 to Auto white bal­ance, and in the sta­ble light­ing of a stu­dio this makes per­fect sense. But at wed­dings, where there’s often mixed light­ing, I some­times ad­just white bal­ance man­u­ally, by di­alling the K set­ting up and down on my D5. I then try to gauge if what I see on my LCD is what I can see with my eye, so at least I have a start­ing point in post.

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