African Cinema: Postcolonial and Feminist Readings by Kenneth W. Harrow

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If it flashes on the far right, you are overexposed and need to make adjustments accordingly; either choose a smaller aperture, a faster shutter speed or lower ISO. Be aware that you will not always be able to get a dead-center 0 reading in Manual mode, especially outdoors where light changes; even the slightest change can have an effect. The marker will bounce around above and below the center mark, but as long as it does not go beyond 2⁄3 of a stop in either direction, the exposure should be fine.

That way one of the shots is bound to be just right. One morning I was on a photowalk and noticed that a pack of pigeons kept alighting from their spot on a building roof, flying around the building, coming to rest on the roof again. I made sure my camera was set to Continuous Shooting mode and snapped away. I chose the best shot from the bunch.

Mind the shutter speed—if it gets too slow for a handheld shot you can either increase ISO to make it faster, use a tripod to accommodate the slower shutter speed, or use flash. ” you ask. We’ll talk about that in Chapter Two. • ISO speeds of 1600 or more are best for indoor and outdoor low-light situations without a flash. Beware though, as photos can become very grainy with these high ISOs. To avoid grain in low-light situations, you have a couple options. You can set the ISO low and mount your DSLR on a tripod to accommodate the slower shutter speed, or use flash with a lower ISO.

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