PDA

View Full Version : Beach, Kids and WB



stonehill
03-31-2005, 10:33 AM
I'm going the the beach today with the kids to take some photos. Should I leave the white balance on auto or chg to sunny(its said to be sunny today). Also should I shoot in P mode? What ISO?

XT with Kit and 50mm 1.8 I plan on just bringing the 50mm.

Thanks so much!

D70FAN
03-31-2005, 11:00 AM
I'm going the the beach today with the kids to take some photos. Should I leave the white balance on auto or chg to sunny(its said to be sunny today). Also should I shoot in P mode? What ISO?

XT with Kit and 50mm 1.8 I plan on just bringing the 50mm.

Thanks so much!

I usually shoot in Aperture Priority mode as I find it easier to set the aperture on the fly to get good depth of field. If you feel like shooting beach portraits of the kids you can set the aperture wide open and frame at 55mm to get a nice blurring of the background (bokeh). Don't forget to set it back to f8 or so for normal longer depth shooting. AP (or Ax on Canon) is a lot of fun and is an easy way to be creative.

If it's a bright day, and you are shooting moving targets (kids) the 50 f1.8 is not really the best choice, as it is more of a fixed-object/indoor/portrait lens. Unless you plan on running all over the place.

I assume the kit lens is an 18-55, so keep the aperture at around f8 to f16, as this seems to be the sweet spot, and in bright sunlight shutter speed should not be a problem. Leave the ISO at 100 and goof around with WB between bright sunshine and auto.

Shooting in Ax mode on a sunny day is almost like shooting in "auto" or "program" mode except you can control the depth of field.

stonehill
04-01-2005, 09:48 AM
I got some great shots yeaterday, Thank you for your advice! I was a little paranoid about having my new camera at the beach. I would post some pics. but I have never done that and dont know how.

The only problem I had was I put the apeture at 5.6 and forgot to put it back to f8. I think with the kit I need to stay around f8 or higher.

Thanks again

Bluedog
04-01-2005, 12:04 PM
Do post your results in the Photo Gallery. You can use http://imageshack.us/index.php and its free.

D70FAN
04-01-2005, 01:41 PM
I got some great shots yeaterday, Thank you for your advice! I was a little paranoid about having my new camera at the beach. I would post some pics. but I have never done that and dont know how.

The only problem I had was I put the apeture at 5.6 and forgot to put it back to f8. I think with the kit I need to stay around f8 or higher.

Thanks again

Look up paranoia, in the dictionary, and you will see a picture of a camera at the beach. ;)

Glad it worked ok, but this advice is the chickens way out as virtually any camera/lens combination works well in the "sweet-spot". Add a sunny day at the beach, and it gets even better (i.e. easier). So just call me Foghorn Leghorn. :)

We look forward to seeing your romp in the sand and surf.