First I think its better I show you how to make better use of your camera, the problem pictures I will take care off.
For questions about the settings its better to do that here.
Please do not quote to much, it will make it hard for others to keep track. Thanks.
Camera settings for self-portrait with fish.
I bet that 80% of you guys, whether you own a compact or a reflex camera only use the AUTO setting, unfortunately.
I would like to offer you a few changes in your settings that will dramatically improve your ability to make a better photo;
I advise you to change the settings as advised below for self-portrait with fish and do not change! These settings will also do for landscape pictures.
A- Set your camera to the A for Aperture preference mode. [sometimes called AV]
B- Set the aperture value- the F value at a minimum of f5,6 or for reflex camera’s f8,0
C- Choose highest possible resolution, preferable RAW or highest jpg mode.
D- Set fixed Red-Eye correction.
ISO value compensates for dark or sunny conditions; AWB means it fixes it automatically,
When its very sunny ISO 50 or 100 will do best.
In low light setting -cloudy day ISO 400-800 will do much better.
For flash, set camera at lowest ISO, 50 better than 100
Test your flash at home, each camera has 'flash compensation', try it!
Do not take flash pictures head on, better at an angle to prevent too much 'flashburn'
Better to have background cover instead of water and sky, why you ask?
Camera will measure an average, as water and sky cover biggest part of the picture this will result in you and the fish being too dark.
You can change to 'spotmetering', now the camera will focus on the center of the picture.
Edited by KingCarp, 28 January 2011 - 08:47 PM.