Photography Cheat Sheet
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BesPhoto Starved Rock Workshop - cheat sheet
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ApertureShutter SpeedDepth of fieldTerms (bold is preferred)
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F1.8Bigger openingLess depth of fieldFast
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F2.8More light hits sensorBackground blurredLow (number, F-stop)
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F4Faster shutter speedBig (opening)
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Less motion blur
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Frozen water
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Frozen action
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F16Smaller openingMore depth of fieldSlow
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F22Less light hits sensorBackground in focusHigh (number, F-stop)
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F32Slower shutter speedSmall (opening)
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More motion blur
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Smooth water
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Blurred runners
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ISOShutter speedNoise/grainTerms
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100Less sensitive to lightNo noise/grainLow
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200Slower shutter speed
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More motion blur
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Smooth water
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Blurred runners
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1600More sensitive to lightNoisy/grainyHigh
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3200Faster shutter speed
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Less motion blur
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Frozen water
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Frozen action
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What mode should I use?
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Aperture priority (Av)
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What ISO generally won't show noticable noise/grain?
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Depends on the camera, but try 400 or 800, test your camera by putting it on a tripod and taking the same picture with all ISOs and looking at them and printing them
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What shutter speed won't show motion blur?
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For non-moving subjects: you want at least 1/lens focal distance, meaning if you have a 50mm lense you want at least 1/50th of a second, or for a 400mm lens you want 1/400th of a second
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For moving subjects: a kid playing, 1/250th, a water droplet, 1/400th, a pro athelete or racecar without panning: 1/1000th, a racecar with panning (blurred track, focused car): 1/250th
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What shutter speed will show smooth water?
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At least 1/10th of a second for mostly smooth water
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At least 4 seconds for silky looking water
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