Okay, so my post title is a little odd. I thought it might get your attention?
Besides sharing my images today, I’d like to talk a little here and there not only about my camera settings but my IN camera settings.
As some of you may know, I had been having some problems with my camera…….and I’ve come to realize that SOME of it has been operator error. Imagine that?! That’s what I get for thinking I knew everything about my camera.
How did I remedy the problem?
First, I’ll remind you that I’m shooting with a Nikon. I’ve used this setting a few times throughout the life of my camera and it’s called…..Two-Button Reset. This restores the settings to their default value but does NOT affect any “custom” settings you’ve made. I would imagine all DSLRs have this option but I don’t know. I’ve never shot with anything other than my Nikon. Check your manuals and I’m sure you’ll find how to reset your camera and it should have a list of custom settings that are available to you as well.
Now…….on to the shooting of the squash.
IMAGE #1 – 50mm lens, 1/1250 sec, f/1.4, ISO 200 – No texture, just a basic edit in Lightroom. I also have my white balance set to “direct sunlight” IN-camera. I generally have it set to “auto” but have been trying different things recently. I want to figure out where my camera performs at its best. You can further tweak your white balance by Fine Tuning White Balance. Not only can the “direct sunlight” setting be chosen in this menu but you can even tweak the temperature – warmer or cooler. I have mine bumped up on the warm side just a bit. Again……get out your manual and check these settings out for your particular camera. There’s one other setting I’ve tweaked and it’s under Set Picture Control. I have mine set to vivid. You may see other choices such as Standard, Neutral, Monochrome, Portrait, and Landscape. In my opinion, they’re worth investigating. They’re in your menu for a reason and I’ve decided to experiment more with my camera.
IMAGE #4 – 6 – I couldn’t end this editing session without playing with some texture to further enhance the colors and tones in the images. I used one layer of kk-postale, color burn at 50% and a second layer of kk-grungecanvas, soft light at 50% – used a layer mask to brush the texture off the squash. Image shot from above.
Same shot but not as cropped and I used one layer of kk-ponder, multiply blend mode at 65% and then I duplicated the background layer, moved it to the top layer and applied a soft light blend mode at 35%.
Shot at a different angle, leaving myself room to add a word or short quote if I wanted. I used a layer of kk-chez, multiply blend mode at 100%, again using a layer mask and brushing the texture off the squash and bowl.
And so ends this post. I hope you enjoyed the tips and that you’ll check your manual and do some experimenting of your own.
Let me know if you’ve done something similar with your settings or if you DO some experimenting, I’d love to hear what you find out with your own camera.
I’m linking up with
Kim Klassen’s “Friday Finds” (no longer available) today and I’m off to check out the other shares there as well.
Thanks for stopping by,
Hugs and Have A Creative Day!