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Thread: Looking for help with Canon manual settings

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    Nisai Bobby's Avatar
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    Looking for help with Canon manual settings

    can any one please help with the standard manual setting to take Koi pictures with a Canon EOS 50D. standard 17 to 85 lens, or info on similar Canon
    i also own the speedlite 430exII flashlite

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    Put your camera in manual mode, ISO 100, aperture F11, shutter speed 1/250sec.

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    Thanks Mark i will try these settings

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    The settings I shoot most benching photos on my 5D or 20D are:

    "P" mode
    ISO -100 - 200

    Set focus to center spot and AI servo.

    580ex Flash at standard with White translucent diffuser or - 2/3 using onboard diffuser.

    If your 17-85 is an "IS" switch the "IS" control to off. Faster focus.

    Bill
    Last edited by wcstory; 03-16-2010 at 11:17 PM. Reason: my spelling sucks

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    From CFKS 2010 last weekend

    Body - 5D
    Lens - 24-105L
    Mode - P
    ISO - 200
    Shutter - 1/64th
    Apature - f4.0
    Focal Length - 24mm

    Flash - 580ex
    Exposure compensation - 0

    Photo shot at 4368x2912 resolution and reduced to 640x427 for posting.
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    ideally, always shoot RAW files, not jpegs. The reason is that the conversion from RAW to jpeg loses data. You want your original file to be be as data filled as possible.

    The exception is when someone needs to use the file as soon as it is created. An example is a sports photographer who needs to send in a jpeg to the news wire services ASAP at a game.

    In our hobby the benching photos needs to be available immediately in jpeg to attach to the show benching software record for each fish. So probably not enough time for creating jpeg from RAW.

    But once the winners are known, reshoot them with RAW format so that that in Lightroom you have the max flexibility to adjust for things such as color temp, exposure, contrast...etc. Such changes are done non destructively on top of a RAW file in Lightroom. Then if you need a large jpeg, such as to send to a koi magazine, you can ask Lightroom to export a jpeg copy in using your choice of color space (sRBG, AdobeRBS, ProPhoto RBG)...etc.

    Another great thing about Lightroom is the Library organizer with collections! I highly recommend Lightroom for all photographers. Version 2 is available with Version 3 in Beta.
    Koi keeping is not a belief system; it is applied science with a touch of artistry.

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