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5 photos to be taken with automatic mode

The post 5 Photos to Take with Auto Mode first appeared at Digital Photography School. It is written by Mat Coker.

Were you disappointed when you bought a nice camera and no good photos were taken for you? It happens to many people.

But even if you know nothing about how your camera works, it is possible to take a good photo in automatic mode.

The automatic mode is not the place to stay, so once you get the hang of it, you can continue to the aperture, shutter and manual mode. You can also learn about exposure compensation, measuring and all kinds of other fun things!

But first, let me show you how to take 5 different photos on Auto and then finalize with Lightroom.

  • Portrait with bokeh
  • Golden hour nature photo
  • Silhouette
  • Freeze a splash
  • Food photo

Portrait with bokeh

Automatic portrait with bokeh

It stands approximately 20 feet from the tree in the background and zooms in at 140 mm.

It is actually quite easy to make a portrait with bokeh (blurred background).

I assume you have an 18-55 mm kit lens, but you might even have a telephoto lens that zooms in at 200 mm or 300 mm.

You have your camera in automatic mode. If you want to achieve a blurred background, move your subject away from the background. Zoom your lens all the way in, as this increases the bokeh effect.

It really is that simple. The soft, cloudy sky made a good light source for this photo. The photo would be even better if his expression were more authentic and there were catchlights in his eyes.

Golden Hour nature photo

Many people like to photograph flowers and nature, but choose the worst moment of the day to do it. The harsh afternoon light is not always the best time to photograph a flower. The light is intense, the shadows are hard and you will probably not be impressed by your photo.

Try taking nature photos ' s during the golden hour. The light on your photos will look much nicer. Even in automatic mode you will probably be happy with how some of your photos turn out to be.

These are all unedited Auto Mode photos.

Golden hour flower photo in automatic mode

This photo was taken about an hour before sunset. The sun is behind the flower and you can see how the warm light makes this blossom glow.

Golden hour nature photo

Lens flare in automatic mode

Freeze a splash

You will probably end up with blurry photos in automatic mode if the light is dim. That's because you need a lot of light if you want to freeze the action. It's nice and easy to freeze water splash when you're outside with bright light.

That is the key to freezing the movement in automatic mode; a lot of light.

Freeze a shot of water

I let my children ride through mud puddles, so I had a chance to spray the water. The bright outside light enabled the camera to have a fast shutter speed and freeze the movement.

Silhouette

Let's start with casual silhouette photos. Your eye sees something beautiful, but the photo looks like this:

Silhouette in automatic mode

This birdhouse looked really cool, so I snarled a picture. Unfortunately it turned out to be a silhouette. That's not what I wanted.

If the background is really clear, you'll probably end up with a silhouette. If I wanted this birdhouse to look brighter, I would have had to go to the other side where the light really hit it.

But let's assume yours want a silhouette photo. How do you do it? It is fairly easy to get a silhouette photo in automatic mode. Make sure that the background is really clear and that you are on the shadow side of the object.

Silhouette photo on automatic mode

This silhouette photo was intentional. I set the camera to Auto and knew it would be a silhouette because of the clear sky in the background. I chose to make this a silhouette, because I like that the pattern in the leaves and the clouds play out.

Food photo

Many bloggers buy an expensive camera and are disappointed with the results of their photography. Let's look at someone who blogs about food, but only knows how to use automatic mode. Is it possible to make a decent food photo on Auto? Yes.

The key to a good food photo is light. Normally you want the light to come next to or behind the food to bring out the texture. A window is a great light source.

It can be a bit tricky and you will probably want to do a basic editing of the photo (especially exposure and clarity).

Food photography in automatic mode

This is an unedited photo that was taken in automatic mode. You can see that the warm light comes from the side. I placed the cookies next to a window with the late day, soft sunlight coming in.

Food photography in automatic mode

I put this muffin with sugar on it next to a window, hoping that the background lighting brings out the texture. Unfortunately the photo is underexposed. The plate and the windowsill are clear white and ensure that the camera creates a darker exposure. It is almost a silhouette.

Edited food photo

You can see that with a few simple clarifications in Lightroom the photo looks much better.

Food photo

It's much better to understand how your camera works so you don't have to rely on automatic mode. But until then, do the best you can do with side or backlight and then use a program like Lightroom to finalize your photo.

Add a finishing touch with Lightroom

I use Lightroom to edit my photos, but almost every editor works great.

There are two ways to think about editing. The first is determination a photo that turned out not to be good. Hopefully you can avoid this approach as much as possible. If you find yourself constantly making the same kind of mistake (for example, underexposed photos ' s or photos ' s with the wrong focus), then you know it's time to learn how to do it exactly in the camera to do.

But if your photos run smoothly, you can consider editing as the finishing touch to your photo. I'll show you how I do that.

Lightroom portrait editing

You can see that I didn't do much to edit this photo. I added some warmth, increased the exposure and lowered the blacks to add a little contrast. Very simple finish.

Lightroom editing

I was a bit harsh with changes to this photo. First, I increased the overall exposure, but then I lowered the highlights because some parts of the photo had become too bright. The shadows are also raised, so more details can be seen. The brightness is increased to see the water droplets more clearly.

When should you turn off Auto?

Keep track of the problems you encounter. These problems are indications of when you leave car mode and which settings you should start learning. Do not try to learn everything – exactly what you need to know to overcome problems that you have faced.

You will want to explore:

  • ISO
  • Opening
  • Shutter speed
  • measurement
  • Exposure
  • Manual mode

These are all boring sounding words, but when you explore and learn the concepts, you overcome challenges and you have much more creative control over what you do.

Continue to pursue creative elements and technical knowledge, and you will grow over time.

photo-to-take with auto mode

The post 5 Photos to Take with Auto Mode first appeared at Digital Photography School. It is written by Mat Coker.

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