In preparation for my upcoming September holiday in the Austrian Alps I have started experimenting with my Canon EOS M5 mirrorless camera mounted on a tripod and manual settings. It's like learning to drive again! Off Auto mode or any other of the preset modes like Av and Tv and on M (manual) there are a lot of considerations:
Aperture: A small f-stop like 1.8 will let more light in but give you a narrow depth of field, meaning the background will be blurry.
Shutter Speed: any values larger than 1/60 sec will keep the shutter open longer and let more light in but pressing the shutter release will give you camera shake and a blurry picture. Tripod and remote release or 2sec self timer essential.
ISO: a higher ISO like over 1000 can give you more 'noise' in the picture, meaning it will make the end picture look grainy.
Back Lit: if the subject is back lit like shooting against a window with sunlight streaming in, you may need to turn on the flash to compensate for the dark areas facing you.
Luckily, once your camera is on the tripod, you can see on the screen the effect of your chosen settings. It leaves your hands free to set the controls and avoids camera shake if using remote release or self timer on long exposures.
More things to consider:
Background: make sure there are no disturbing features in the background that draw attention away from your image (like the radiator in my pictures).
Composition: Centre the main subject or place on one of the intersections of the rule-of-thirds grid.
Here are some of my trials. The subject is simply one of my house plants and I experimented with over and under exposure. Somehow I arrived at close-ups again, my favourite shooting mode.
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