I've bought this nice camera, which I love, just in case I haven't mentioned that...but now I'm wondering if I've been overthinking the settings all along. Should I have left the ISO setting and the WB settings on AUTO? It is difficult to try to reset everything every time I take a photo, and I know that the WB can be taken care of in Photoshop. The pics I played around with today definitely look better when I let the camera decide what ISO to use. Here's a photo I did the settings on. I used an ISO of 200 and a daylight WB. It's shot at an f3.2 and 1/15.
Then, I put the camera on automatic, which on my camera is the "P" setting, and I took a few more photos. This next pic is one the camera chose the settings on and I think the colors look better. The camera chose f2.0 and 1/80 at ISO 2500! The colors are more vibrant and at the small size I made the image for the blog, none of the noise is evident.
So, what I got from this brief exercise is that I'm confused, and that I need to repeat this until I gain better understanding of my camera's settings. I'd love it if I can stay on AUTO for ISO and WB. I'd love to hear from others what your experience has been. I'm so thankful that WB can be "doctored" with processing, at least in Photoshop. But what about ISO--are our cameras better judges of what ISO they need than we are?
And, I've just got to say it--Kat, you've done it again! If all of these lessons are going to be this good, I'm going to have to start taking vitamins or something! You're the real thing! This is education/instruction at it's best and I'm so glad I signed up for this course!