A group of almost 20 members headed out to Whiteleaf Hill on the outskirts of Princes Risborough. Once again we were blessed with dry weather, if not quite the perfect sunset. At least the ground was dry for the many people seen laying prone on the ground trying to find creative angles for their portraits of our model for the evening Gabrielle.
The aim for this evening was to capture some portraits, and Brian provided a little guidance at the start to help. His advice was that fast enough shutter speed, wide open aperture and auto ISO would be a good combination. Fast enough being fas enough to avoid camera shake AND freeze movement of the subject. As some members discovered, image stabilisation by their lenses, or camera bodies cannot stabilise a moving subject. Shutter speed of 1/250s or even 1/500s seemed to give a good set of results, even if that means the ISO was more than ISO 400. Sharp shots with noise can be fixed, blurred shots without noise are best sent direct to the bin.
Even with a fine model to photograph, a couple of the members were also keen to capture the landscape too.
Paul Goby created this shot of Gabrielle – seems the new camera settings were helping his portraits
Club evenings are being enjoyed by some of the club members dogs… they are often given modelling duties too.
To prove the point about sharper shots due to shutter speed. Both of the two following shots were taken at 1/500s, with the lens aperture wide open at f/2. Taken at the start and end of the evening they needed ISO 250 and ISO 640.
Scary how fast the summer is going by, there’s only two more “summer meetings” left before we are due to be back in the Weston Turville village hall.