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Old 12-28-2012, 01:19 PM
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Originally Posted by FG167 View Post
Ok, took the dogs for a hike yesterday to give manual/RAW a try. Thank goodness I shot in RAW because I had to do *a lot* of post-processing! We walked on a road with a lot of trees and the light was very stripe-y. My dogs are all different colors - two very dark, one dark with light markings, and one very light with dark markings. Anyway, I struggled with my settings and managed to get a few pics that I liked ok...not my faves but not terrible.

So, suggestions? I am going to go on the same trail again today, but it is way overcast so hopefully it will be easier...also, what do I do about when I am focusing on Kastle and then switch to Eden - do I have to change the settings or do I settle for some happy middle ground?
For the lighting we ALL battle this. I often just schuck my photos after this type of light battling. The best option however is to pinpoint your internal light meter on your point of focus and balance your exposure (shutter/aperture) at that point, then go back and readjust the background in production if it is too messy. So, yes, it takes speed but also it take patience of shooting 10 knowing one may be best. In this type of light I also shoot over/under (exposure) a lot because it can be hard to tell for sure which is best is best until you've uploaded them onto a computer.

When you're focusing on dog to dog you definitely need to adjust your settings, Shamoo takes completely different settings than Arnold and the Malinois, and there are even some smaller adjustments between those three depending on the light.

Originally Posted by FG167 View Post
Finally, what kind of focus do you recommend? I left it on autofocus but I'm not happy. I usually used sport mode so I had one little focus square and could choose what I wanted it to focus on - I loved that. Is there a way to do that? What if I want to focus on two dogs in slightly different planes? Do I fogus on one and then adjust the aperture? Then, if I choose to take a wide shot of the scenery, and I focus in the middle, will it be an unpleasant shot? Help me!
You'll need to change your focal point, I explained it in the other thread for canon users but Nikon will be reverse usually. If you want to focus on two dogs on different plains you'll need to open your DoF (bigger aperture number).

As for where to focus it's recommended to follow the rule of thirds, it's generally the most pleasing to the eye. Rules are meant to be broken but you can only purposefully break rules if you understand them. (Try this for a starter place)

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