90% of my photos are taken at concerts, so through trial and error, I’ve learned what works for those situations. [Generally, the light is so poor that I’m running at ISO 800 or 1600, apertures between f/1.8 and f/5.6, and shutter speeds between 1/8s and 1/60s.] As I joked when I took photos of both Stephen and Misty’s and Jonathan and Ashley’s daughters, “I don’t know what to do with this much light!
Well, after reading Bryan Peterson’s Understanding Exposure, I have some better idea now. It was a good read to get me to thinking outside of my photographic rut. It’s written with examples all throughout the text and ideas for things to try on your own. Heck, I’m thinking about going to go get a grey card this afternoon. 😉 It’s a book that should stand re-reads and references as I add skills to my photographic toolkit. I may never be more than a guy who takes photos at concerts, but hey, you never know. It’s a fun (if expensive) hobby.
That said, when Amy borrowed my camera this week, I had to laugh … I couldn’t remember how to re-engage the onboard flash. I just never use it. 🙂