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Week 2: Camera Basics

This week is about going back to camera basics.

We’ll focus specifically on the camera fundamentals in relation to shooting natural light portraits. How far can you push that ISO? We’ll watch five different cameras go up against each other. Focusing, metering toggle and recompose. Aperture and shutter speed for freezing motion and getting a subtle drag on moving dresses.

Our whole 12-Week Portrait Startup is about establishing a solid foundation from the ground up. And one of the most important fundamentals for any photographer is that you need to really know your camera. This is a solid basic class of the relationship to ISO aperture and shutter speed for natural or constant light portraits.



79 Comments

  1. I just found out that we can set our camera to Continuous Auto focus using the back button. does anyone here do that? it may help reduce or eliminate the toggling time that we do. But I wonder how sharp the focus gonna be compared to just toggling all the time. any thoughts?

  2. so I could never hand hold my camera and for the first time ever I hand help a session and only had 2 images that were blurry all the rest were tack sharp!

  3. Question, The focal lens is also important right? I am shooting a 70-200mm lens, suppose I am on f2.8, focal length 70, it is different in lighting to f2.8, focal length 200mm. Could you explain the difference in lighting again. I know, probably a stupid question?

  4. Thanks Sue so much for making my toggle focus go much faster. I use a Sonya7ii, I was toggling through my function button which took four steps so I did not use it much. After watching this video, I looked to see if I could customize a button for this and yes I could! Now I press a button and toggle! I’m getting much better focusing then when I focused and re composed. Now I’m going to compare this to my eye-auto focus.

  5. The eye opener for me was “neutral” and toggling. I always, focussed and recompose. This class is AWESOME. Looking forward to more tips and tricks 🙂

  6. This is just the best teaching on Photography! It is so worth the investment! I have been using the education since the summer and it’s transformational. This 12 week Start Up is refining my skills and I’m pulling out some amazing content! I also have to say that the PDF’s are so helpful. I am a visual learner and these techniques really help to solidify the skills. Everything is so clearly laid out. I am truly grateful! I had the most amazing Photo shoot this week! Thanks!

  7. I am really confused. I have a 6d ant the far right button is the + button. The top of the camera is weather it’s in “P, L, S, N, F, M”. So I’m just not sure of the toggle and where it’s at

  8. I have a Canon 6D and the ISO goes up to 25600 and yes there is noise but that is much higher than the 2000 being stated in the video. At 6400 there is very little noise and that can be cleaned up in Lightroom or Noiseware.

  9. This lesson was so helpful at today’s head shot session. It’s a heavily overcast day but I was able to push my ISO and get good light with sharp images. Thank you so much, Sue!

  10. holy crap this information is mind blowing ive been doing it all wrong but getting lucky with shots. So different understanding what you are doing and why….I can’t wait to try “toggling” ..

  11. I was SO confused but I printed/reread the PDF… used me some GOOGLE, camera manual and I FIGURED OUT TOGGLE on my little Canon Rebel T6i! LOL! I also figured out Neutral WB etc. if ya’ll could see me now I’m doing the silly happy dance with my camera! YAY! haha

  12. Hi there, can anybody help me out, I’m totally new to photography so its difficult to understand some technical stuff. Does Sue Bryce use Auto Focus or Manual Focus ? Also, what buttons do I press to toggle focus? I have canon 6d. Thank you in advance.

    1. for the 6D, press the far right button on the back of the camera as you look in the view finder and use the wheel near the shutter to toggle through the different points of focus

    2. Melissa Challis, Thank you so much, I just tried and it actually makes sense to me now! thank you very much:)

    1. I have the same issue. With so few focal points I feel like it’s hard (some of the time) to get as close to the eyes without recomposing. I do toggle, but I sure wish I have 8000 focal points, haha!

  13. Thanks so much – it was brilliant. I’ve struggled with shutter speed when the light is not great and always afraid to push the ISO. No longer! Also struggled with backlit shots – always too close to the light source. Thanks again for sharing your knowledge Sue

  14. So I’m not sure if I should switch my picture style from Portrait to Neutral? I am more of an outdoor photographer. I didn’t quite get clarity on this.

    1. I’m not sure either. I think she was saying (1) put it on Neutral and then you don’t have to worry about switching it when you go to video or (2) put in on Portrait but remember to switch it to neutral when you go to video. (3) Regardless, if you shoot in RAW, the stills will come out as neutral when you download to your computer even if you put it in Portrait. But putting it in Portrait will give you a better idea of what you’ll end up with after editing. The pdf is missing this page. It should be clarified on page 36 as stated on the Table of Contents but there isn’t a page 36.

    1. Toggle is when you move your focus point until it is on the eye using your multi controller to move left /right/up/down

    2. When you get your camera to have a single point to focus on, you can then move where that focus point is in your viewfinder. So you can always move that focus point around to where your subject’s eyes are and NOT have to recompose at all (therefore guaranteeing sharp focus on the eyes)

    1. No not exposure compensation. She means when you have dark or light scenes that fool the camera you need to either over expose or under expose a couple stops by changing one of your camera settings, ISO, Aperture or Shutter speed. The meter will either move to the right or the left of the middle. That would be overriding the camera meter. Hope this helps.

    2. They end up being the same thing. When in manual mode you are ignoring the meter and in aperture or shutter priority you would use exposure compensation.

  15. I had to laugh out loud because I toggle SO MUCH that my toggle button came off! So it’s much harder to toggle now but still do and only get a few scratch marks each session!

    1. Hey Melanie, that was me with the 6D, and yeah, it does go a lot higher than 2000! That coughing you hear on the track was me, I was kinda sick that day so I wasn’t totally with it ;(

    2. I also have a 6D as a second body and got it because it has superior noise control even against the 5D MKiii. I got it for night shooting – milky way, aurora, etc and it is brilliant.

    3. CANON 6D has ISO 100-25600 standard, and 50-102800 expanded…. so much much higher than 2000 😁😁

  16. Is there more classes for this segment coming? Practicing my toggling which I did while taking pictures of the screen during the class. My husband, nor the Cat were game for modeling tonight. I love toggling. Awkward, but nailing focus is worth it!

  17. Sue delivers the information so clearly. Lots of useful tips. I was unaware that the image shown at the back of the camera does not alter the RAW image. As for using your hand as a shield, would using the lens hood have the same effect?

  18. Great! Love the chromatic aberration tip to move subject away from the backlight, and using your hand as a shield (I forgot about that one and have heard more than my share of focus-hunting clicks!). Also glad this is a lite week for homework because I’m not finished with last week’s HUGE workload! Going back out again today for a tarp since HD didn’t have. Trying Lowes. What weight tarp? 6oz, 8oz, 10oz? The 8 seemed soooo heavy before its even painted! Apple boxes due to arrive tomorrow. I’m going to shabby-chic them with white stain. Still have to do money values evaluation and sales evaluation. But with 40yrs sales experience, I’m not afraid of sales, and have always pushed the prices higher than everyone else. 🙂 I’ll get it all done by next week’s class! 🙂

  19. I am concerned about what is useable as far as grain and noise from my older camera. The photos in the pdf are so small and compressed as to be completely useless for noise and grain.
    Could we please get an uncompressed 1:1 zoom in of an eye at multiple ISOs along with what Sue considers usable and not?
    Thank you!

  20. So 15.44 minutes into the video and I’ve already had 2 useful tips! One of which (toggling vs. center point focus and recompose) is going to solve a lot of my soft focus shots!

  21. I have learned more in the past hour than I have in over 5 years with a camera. So many things explained that books, other courses, etc. I just didn’t get.

    1. Hi April! I believe that Sue usually uses a 50mm f/1.2.
      The so called “nifty fifty” refers to the cheaper version of the 50 mm, which has an maximum aperture of f/1.8. Cheers!

    1. The table of contents is off on the PDF. The page numbers don’t correspond and I don’t see info on Portrait Setting & Picture Style. Or is it there and I am missing something? Thank you!