How Professionals Use a Camera
Professional wedding photographers in San Jose, CA work with their cameras everyday. Thus, they already know how to work well with it, how to best set it and how to best use it. Here are some of the tips that most professional photographers do to make brilliant photographs.
Back button focusing
By default cameras are set to focus the lens and activate exposure metering when the shutter release button is half-pressed. This works well in many situations, but if you’re waiting for a moving subject to come into the frame, or for the composition to improve, you have to keep your finger on the shutter release or the focus may change from what you see in the viewfinder when you press it home. However, more professional wedding photographers in San Jose, CA uses the back-button or the AF on the back of the camera for focusing. Splitting the shutter release and focus control enables you to take a shot without refocusing the lens.
It’s especially useful when there’s a danger of another object coming between the camera and the subject because the lens won’t shift focus unless you press the AF-on button.
Advance exposure modes
In changing lighting conditions aperture and shutter priority offer a convenient way of ensuring that exposure is correct whilst still retaining control over the most important aspects of the image. Shutter priority is a good choice when you’re shooting sport or action as it determines whether the subject will be rendered sharp or blurred. When depth of field is more important, however, aperture priority is the logical choice as you set the aperture while the camera sets the shutter speed. For the ultimate in control, manual exposure mode is the way to go. This allows you to set both the aperture and shutter speed, giving you control over depth of field and sharpness/blur.
Although the default evaluative or matrix metering systems of modern cameras generally work very well, many pros like to take control over exposure a little more and use spot metering to meter for very precise areas within the scene. The advantage of this approach is that they can ensure that the main subject is correctly exposed whatever the lighting conditions. They can also meter from a mid-tone area to get the maximum range of tones in a high-contrast situation. Spot metering is especially useful if your subject is backlit as many multi-area metering systems would be tricked into underexposure by the light in the background.