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How To Use Manual Mode On Canon 80D

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Since this website is about getting out of auto, this post is about learning how to use manual mode on the Canon 80D. The first step to learning to use manual mode is to learn how the controls on the camera work together. This post is about learning the basics of those controls. If you want to use Manual, the first thing to do is to put your camera into the proper mode, which is indicated by the ‘M’ on the mode wheel. Terms to be familiar with on the top LCD Screen Shutter Speed: Indicates the speed of the shutter as it allows light to pass through and hit the sensor. With a faster or higher number, less light will come in and will result in less blur. With a slower or lower the number, more light will come in and will result in a greater likelihood of blur. Aperture: Indicates how wide the lens opens to allow light in to hit the sensor. ISO: Indicates the sensitivity of the image sensor to the light that is hitting it. The higher the ISO, the more noise your image will have. These days, the ISO is much better than it used to be on many cameras due to better image sensors. This setting will often be adjusted to compensate for poor lighting conditions. The Controls The Shutter Speed is adjusted with the rocker switch right behind shutter button. Rotate it to the right for a faster shutter speed, and rotate it to the left for a …

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Top 5 Settings to Change on the Canon 80D

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The Canon 80D is a fantastic camera, but it does not come set up optimized to produce the best photo, so I make some changes to the camera settings. Here are my top 5 settings to change in the Canon 80D. Whenever you get a new camera, or there is a time change, or you are in a different time zone, make sure you set the time and date. This might not seem like a big deal, but it will save you a lot of time and frustration later. Image sharing websites and photo software use the time stamps to organize your photos. If these settings are wrong, you will have a head ache trying to organize the mess it creates. Image Quality Set the Image quality to save both Raw and JPEG if you are editing your photos later while also needing to quickly share your photos during the shoot. However, there are situations where it makes sense to only save the RAW image. Because writing the second file to the SD Card takes extra buffer time and space, there might be occasions where you need to take photos more rapidly. Saving only the RAW image might give you an extra boost in the time between writing your current photo and the camera’s readiness to take the next. Go to the Photo Shooting Menu, scroll to Image quality and select Raw + JPEG or simply RAW depending on your situation. Medium RAW is okay and is the minimum RAW setting I would ever suggest. If your SD …

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Top 5 Video Settings to Change on the GoPro Hero 5 Black

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If you want to get the best footage out of your GoPro Hero 5 Black, there are some settings you might want to change. Here is my recommendation on the top settings to change for video on your GoPro Hero 5 Black. Resolution and FPS Settings First power on your camera and see that you are in video mode. Touch the camera icon and set the resolution to 2.7k rather than 1080p or 4k. This will allow you to utilize Image Stabilization with enough “extra” resolution to operate smoothly. This resolution will also give you enough of an image to stabilize the footage within editing software as well. This process will shrink your overall video frame down, and will degrade your overall quality. 2.7k will maintain the most quality and is therefore the best resolution setting if you have stabilization in mind. Set your FPS (Frames per second) to 60 FPS. Most footage will be viewed and edited at 30 FPS, so shooting at 60 FPS will allow you to smoothly slow down your video on your editing timeline. If you intend to do super slow motion, lower your resolution to 1080p and change FPS to 120 FPS. Camera Settings Swipe from right to left to access the Camera Settings Menu. These settings, such as shutter speed, will often reset or auto adjust when other settings are changed. Be sure to check your settings before you shoot again. Having Protune turned on gives you control over advanced settings like shutter speed. Set your shutter speed to double …

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Week #4 – Capturing Motion – Photography Challenge

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Continuing on in our weekly photography challenge, the goal this week is to capture motion. As I mention in the video, capturing motion can help convey meaning and emotion in your photo. You can freeze action or show movement. This week’s challenge is a technical challenge because I want you to use your camera settings to assist in capturing motion. There are a couple of different ways to capture motion. You can freeze the action with a fast shutter speed. This often freezes everything in the frame including the background. You can also attempt to freeze just the subject by using a slightly slower shutter speed while you attempt to follow the subject as it moves capturing it’s motion while the background remains blurry. Upload your Week #4 challenge photos to the new Album in the Ditch Auto Group: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.1413526168671247&type=1 Here are a few photos containing motion that I have captured in the past. I will be out this week attempting to capture a new motion shot as well. I look forward to seeing what everybody comes up with. Please challenge yourself to take new photos this week. I am sure you have some fantastic photos that fit the challenge but the goal of this challenge is to get out and take new photos. Feel free to take all week to work on this challenge. There is no hurry. The reason I am launching new challenges on Monday is so that you have all week to think about the challenge and how you want to execute …

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Ditch Auto – Learn To Shoot In Manual

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Why Take This Course? You have a DSLR Camera or a fancy Point-and-shoot, but have not been using it to it’s full potential. You know that the scary “manual mode” holds a whole new level of customization which would result in better quality photos but have resisted. Terms like Shutter Speed and Aperture sound confusing and you don’t know where to start. If that sounds familiar, I want to assure you that by the end of my FREE course you will understand what those settings do and be on your way to controlling your camera rather than your camera controlling you. You made an investment in a decent camera and it’s time to start using it’s features. In this course you will learn the basics of DSLR Photography and how to shoot in manual mode. My goal is to give you the tools so you can train your brain to think like a Photographer. You will also know how to control your camera instead of leaving it up to Auto Mode to try and to it’s best. Take the course for free on Udemy: https://www.udemy.com/ditch-auto-start-shooting-in-manual/ How Long Is This Course? So far, the course is just over 4 hours in length. You can watch it in chunks or all at once. It is best to watch it with camera in hand so you can pause and follow along with your camera. All DSLR Cameras are different so your settings may look different than mine. What Should I Expect? You should expect to be able to shoot …