Meet Bear

Meet Bear

8 week online workshop
lesson 1
Topic 2: More Camera Settings

Bear has a name. I don’t know Bear’s name. I was not pleased with the outcome of this assignment. I learned things though and that’s what matters.

I always shoot in RAW. I’d rather have the option of editing if need be than to be stuck with the limits of a JPEG image that needs more editing than JPEG allows.
All these were taken using the suggested auto settings. The only adjustment I made was to the shutter speed and composition of the shot itself. I noticed right away that using these settings were throwing off the coloring of my setup. The 1st photo is the only one that came out with proper color. It was shot at SS 1/15 (it’s dark and winter so I needed slow shutter), ISO auto set at 3200 and AV was 6.3.
The second photo was SS 1/10, ISO auto set to 3200 and AV was 6.3
The third photo was SS 1/5, ISO auto set to 2000, AV 6.3.

You can see the color changing and with the auto settings set, I was able to only control that a little with the shutter speed. I much prefer being able to control all the settings in order to get the outcome I want.

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27 years old from Saint Paul MN (US). I have a 3 year old daughter, a son in heaven who would be 2, and 1 year old identical twin sons! I've been with my husband for 10 years but we've only been married since August 2013. I have always loved photography and just 5 months ago upgraded from my point n shoot to a canon t3 DSLR. I'm in love!


  1. Haha well done. We start with the auto settings to test them and then move very quickly to “switching off auto” in the next few topics and lessons. This is done so that beginners are not too intimidated and more experienced photographers get a reminder of why they no longer shoot on auto. Feel free to get out of auto modes right now and never use them again 🙂

    • Haha, I do remember the forewarning that it’d be repetitive and basic in the beginning. I’ll still be going through each of these assignments refreshing my memory on all the basics. Your mission worked, I’ve already been reminded why I dislike auto settings so much 🙂

  2. Samantha- great photos. I have two questions: One, why is the color truer in your first photo. What is something auto-white balance changed, so did somehow changing the shutter speed or ISO change the coloring? Also, were you hand holding your camera at those shutter speeds? Thanks!

    • Hi Ashley!

      The only thing I physically changed was the shutter speed. It was on auto WB and I think it just guessed wrong and changed on me because I had changed my position. However, I do believe that changing the shutter speed can have an effect on the coloring. Slower speeds cause more saturation? (Robyn?) I did handhold and usually do. I’ve gotten some good techniques down to make it possible as I use slow shutter a lot. For these I rested my elbows close together on the floor.

  3. It’s most likely the WB that changed as Sam said because she changed position slightly. There is a lot of debate about whether aperture and shutter speed impact on colour saturation. Some experts say Yes and some say No. Slightly underexposing an image back when we used slide film would increase saturation but I’m not so sure it has much impact in the digital world. You don’t want to deliberately underexpose because this causes other problems – e.g. increased noise. And Ashley I am also VERY impressed with Sam’s hand-holding ability at slow SS!!!!

  4. Thanks Robyn! That’s good to know about saturation. I have noticed that when doing sunrises and sunsets – the shutter speed has effected the colorations. But I think that’s different.
    I’ve often read people saying not to handhold anything lowers than 1/60, but I must have a steady hand!

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