I was forced to take some photographs at a show named DRUPA. DRUPA stands for Print and Paper in German. I was not the only person that had a camera at the show but most probably I was the only person in our group knowing how to set it up.
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All the people trying to take photographs at this show where asking me the same question: Why are the photographs I take blurry? The answer is actually very simple: The shutter speed is too high.
Now, the next logical question would be: How do I bring that down? Let me quick go thru my camera Setting:
– M-Mode (manual mode, you get to choose the F-Stop and the shutter speed)
– F-Stop: 4
– Shutter speed: 1/320 sec
– ISO: Auto
– No tripod!!!
The problem with those picture are the people moving (and in my case there was no tripod) so therefore the shutter speed needs to be as low as possible. To have enough light, open up your aperture as much as you can – lowest number. If this is still not enough, the ISO needs to be increased. Usually at shows like this, it is a little hectic and I did not want to play around with my ISO so I put it to “Auto”. My camera now automatically calculates the best ISO value for the condition when the shoot was taken.
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The photograph below was taken with the usual technique I pretty often use called HDR (High Dynamic Range). There the settings where as described earlier in this blog:
– A-Mode (you get to choose the F-Stop and the camera automatically calculates the shutter speed)
– F-Stop: 7.1
– ISO: 50 (as low as you can to reduce noise in the photograph)
– Tripod was required
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I took this photograph in Geldern after dinner when leaving the show and where our hotel was located.