There are lots of settings on my Canon Rebel t3i that I’ve never needed, like av, tv and automatic focus, among others. I keep the setting on manual focus plus that M on the dial, my ISO at 100, permanently turn off the flash, then take pictures varying the F stop and the speed. Period.
What this means is that I always have to manually find the focus by turning the lens and sometimes it takes a while. Fine by me, I like it, but sometimes it gets on my family’s nerves and mine too, especially without a tripod when I get nervous about finding the focus and my hands start to shake. Still, it’s my thing.
My only frustrations are when taking pictures in artificially lighted restaurants or individuals in motion, most of the time I don’t find the focus and have lost great shots that way. I could have done something about the lighting by changing the ISO but had forgotten about it. Sorry Roger http://www.rogerstowell.com/. When we finish with Germany, “I’ll be back”.
I have to thank The Dog http://maddogtvdinners.wordpress.com/who after trying to explain adult to adult, broke it down to instructions for babies, which I like 😀 So when we went back to the Wine Fest (see my last post), I set the dial on tv and adjusted the speed to 1/60, then tried to focus by turning the lens. Nothing. So I just took the picture. Black. Honestly, I questioned The Dog’s advice. Finally, after shoving the camera aside for about 30 minutes, I had an adult thought. Maybe he wants me to use automatic focus. Well, yeah! Who knew? I clicked the little AF button by the lens, waited for the little red flashes and took the picture. Huh….
My new thing now will be, when tripod-less, to use automatic focus for restaurants and people in motion, adjusting the ISO when needed. Otherwise, I will continue to shoot manually. Thank you Mad Dog for your time and patience.
Indoor restaurant pictures will never be my favorites but at least, using automatic focus, the food will be recognizable. German steak with potato salad and maultaschen in broth.