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I leave the house with the camera set to RAW only. ISO is at 400 and aperture at f/8. I set the camera for aperture priority. These are my basic settings for heading out on a random shoot.

 

Of course they do get changed along the way, but I find these settings fairly good for general shooting. If its super sunny and mid-day, I might drop the ISO to 200.

 

What settings do you guys start out with when you head on out to capture your fortunes?

 

Jill

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Depends on the weather and the season :)

 

Seriously, I am a mile high to start with in Denver so the conditions are different than what most folks do.  In the summer, the sun is high and bright so lowest ISO I can get away with during mid-day.  In the morning and evening, I pay attention to my shutter speed and adjust accordingly.  If I walk out of the house at 9am and the light meter in the camera says a shutter speed of 1/100 or less, generally, I will bump up ISO or I will open up the aperture to get a faster shutter speed.  I've gotten usable images at 1/30 and even 1/15 with my 70-200 but that's the exception to the rule.

 

In the Winter, shadows are long.  I generally start out at 400iso and pay attention to shutter speed.

 

I like to shoot around f/8 as that's the optimal setting for my Canon gear and lenses - I also adjust for depth of field as necessary.  The Fujis are a little different and I can get away with a larger aperture.

 

I rarely shoot at an aperture smaller than f/11

 

I guess it just really depends on the weather, the time of year, and what the topic is.

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When walking around, I tend to leave my camera in P mode and make aperture and shutter speed adjustments using program-shift, ISO 200, multi-point AF. I shoot in JPEG mode most of the time these days as my current camera tends to be much better at processing than I am.

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JPG Fine + Raw

Aperture Priority

 

Most common:

f/3.2 or so

ISO often ends up rather high, 400 to the thousands

Spot metering (or Matrix)

One of the auto white balances

Color - standard (or landscape or portrait)

AF - C (my one outing trying back button focus didn't go well, should give it another try)

24-70mm/2.8

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RAW,f8,aperture priority,average 200-400 ISO depending on what I am shooting. Auto white balance

 

Sometimes with a fast lens I just like to leave it open at f2-2.4 or so.

 

L

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Raw, 28mm lens, aperture priority and f8. Would like to make more use of auto ISO but the camera feels that 1/60th is sufficient when it often isn't. I therefore set ISO to suit, default 100, and almost invariably forget to change it when I should.

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RAW - Aperture priority and F4-5.6 though very occasionally F8 - ISO on 160 set to Auto and set to max 400 though occasionally 800 - AWB - generally I take my 24-70 F2.8 (equivalent) lens and less often the 70-200 F2.8. (All for M43 cameras).   

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Same with Canon 1Ds3 & 24-105  or Fuji X-T1 & 18-55 : Raw + shutter priority + 1/125 and lowest ISO that will allow some headroom to give around f5.6-f11, usually 200-400.

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Depends entirely on what I'm looking for, weather, surroundings etc etc etc . . . but one thing remains totally, irrevocably constant: RAW.

 

dd

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I generally use manual exposure with ISO set to Auto. I'll set my aperture and shutter speed as I want them for a particular shot, and I may set the ISO if I feel I need to. Always RAW.

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X-T1, Ap priority f8, ISO 200, auto WB, RAW.

 

Increase ISO up to 1600 when necessary.

 

Allan

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As a general starting rule:

Two cameras. 

one with a 17-105 zoom, shutter priority, ISO 200 BUT set to auto ISO, min shutter speed 100-150, max ISO 800

the other with a 70-300 zoom, shutter priority, ISO 200 but also on auto, min shutter 320-400th.

 

That way I'm set up for quick grab shots at any focal length. If I want more depth of field for something, I can always change the settings.

 

I didn't realise my cameras had auto ISO until I read something on here. I have found it EXTREMELY useful, especially when covering news or sport.

 

RAW and auto white balance.

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Canon 5dII - 24-105L - RAW - Aperture priority - f8 - ISO between 100-200. ISO and aperture quickly changed. However, have been caught on sunny days in sudden shady surroundings with unsharp images due to low shutter speed. I try to think a little ahead when moving around.

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