What to Know Before CAPTURE

by | Mar 25, 2014 | Tips & Tricks | 0 comments

Over the weekend, I got to spend some time with the Peters brothers on a photoshoot to Kent Falls State Park. I’ve spent the last couple of weeks here in Connecticut working on the 2015 CEF Calendar, MissionTalk design projects, Conference Photography prep  . . . and brainstorming an online Pre-CAPTURE training course to let photographers know what they need to know before coming to a CAPTURE Workshop. Josh and Jeremiah haven’t been taking pictures for very long so this excursion was a great opportunity to test some of the things I’ve been working on.

9863_Kent Falls State Park-Connecticut-USA_Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 17 mm, 1-15 sec at f - 8.0, ISO 400

How familiar are you with the following camera functions? Do you know where to change them on your camera? Do you have a basic idea of how each one of them helps you? This is just a sample list of settings that I factor in with every single image I take:

  • Aperture
  • Shutterspeed
  • ISO
  • Image Stabilizer
  • Focal length
  • Focus modes
  • Drive modes
  • Exposure compensation
  • White balance
  • etc.

9886_Kent Falls State Park-Connecticut-USA_Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 85 mm, 0.3 sec at f - 22, ISO 50

These are just a few of the fundamental functions on which we will build during the workshop. You don’t need to be an expert on them, just know that they exist and have a basic understanding of what they can do for you. I use them so much these days that I can almost make absent-minded decisions on which setting to use. That’s where you want to be eventually so that you can think about more important and creative things in the picture-taking process. I want to get into more detailed stuff during the workshop and not have to start at square one. Of course we’ll review the “basics list”, but that’s just to get to where I want to start. Once we get a feel for shooting in the manual modes on the first day, we can delve into more advanced stuff in composition, perspective, lighting and efficient photo organization on days two and three.

I’m hoping to have the course finished before CAPTURE Indiana. It’s hard to believe the $50 Early Registration Discount deadline of April 7 is less than two weeks away!

Jeremiah Peters-0272

9912_Kent Falls State Park-Connecticut-USA_Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 26 mm, 1.0 sec at f - 16, ISO 100

9904_Kent Falls State Park-Connecticut-USA_Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 26 mm, 0.5 sec at f - 22, ISO 200

9897_Kent Falls State Park-Connecticut-USA_Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 17 mm, 1-25 sec at f - 5.0, ISO 800

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