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To many of you that dibble and dabble in photography, you may have heard of the terms shutter priority and aperture priority. These are standard settings on all SLR cameras. However many folks do not know how to use them or what they really do.
Yesterday, I took several photos using both settings and each one gave different results and effects. I use an old Nikon D-50 and for these examples I was using a 300mm lens. First of all the lens. Long glass will flatten out your picture. Leaving your subject in focus and leaving your background blurred which is okay.
The photo of the female yellow sulfur on the sprig of lavender was taken using shutter priority. Here you need a fast shutter speed to capture a fast moving object. I used manual focus, opened the aperture setting on the lens to f8 and set the shutter to 400. These are good settings to start with in bright light. f8 is a middle of the road setting and 400 is a good place to start for late afternoon or early morning light. More intense light will need a smaller aperture setting f22 - f30 and a higher shutter speed 800 - 1000.
For the blue iris behind the white moon flower bush, I used a tripod and aperture priority. Knowing that a long lens will flatten out the subjects and wanting to darken the background, experience told me to go in this direction. Manually setting the focus between the subjects, and manually closing down the aperture to let in less light, made the shutter speed longer. exposure longer about .5 seconds. You cannot hold the camera still that long so using a good tripod is essential.
Always bracket your shots experimenting with differing exposure times and speeds.
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