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Meta’s Digital Camera Settings

Many Photographers, including Meta, are often asked what Digital Camera Settings did you use to capture a certain photograph or use for a certain situation.

There are some high contrast situations, like shooting Sunsets and Sunrises, where HDR Photography works better.

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How To Shoot Fireworks

How to Shoot Fireworks – Meta’s Fireworks Camera Settings

Shooting Fireworks involves guessing where the fireworks will appear, and setting up to shoot in that location. You have two options to decide on – Freeze the Shot Hand Held or use Long Exposure on a Tripod. If you use a Tripod, use a Remote Shutter Release for the best results.

Lens: 50mm f/1.4 Prime
Exposure: Manual
Focus: Manual to Infinity
ISO: 100
Aperture: f/5.6 to f/8

Long Exposure Shutter Speed – 6 Seconds to 12 Seconds with MFNR Turned On
Filter: ND8 to Avoid Over Saturation.

Hand Held Shutter Speed – 1/125th to 1/250th of a Second.
Filter: UV FIlter
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How To Shoot Whales

How to Shoot Whales – Meta’s Whale Watching Camera Settings

Shooting Whales from a Whale Watching Boat has a lot of factors to consider and plan ahead for. Once on the boat, you can’t go back for something. You have the vibration of the boat, the constant up and down and rocking movement of the ocean, water spray on your camera and lens, possible sea sickness, and the sudden appearance of whales, which require a very fast shutter speed to freeze the action. Most Whale Watching Boats are packed full of cell phone type tourists, who will constantly move in front of you. Carrying a Big White Lens can gain some respect as a Professional Photographer.

Lens: Long Lens 75–300mm f/4 or Big White Lens 70–200 f/2.8. Whale Watching Boats have to stay back 200 feet.
Exposure: S Mode.
Focus: Automatic on Center Spot.
ISO: 200 to 400 for the faster shutter speeds.
Aperture: f/2.8 to f/4.0 (lower the better).
Shooting Mode: Burst Mode at 10 to 12 fps to capture all of the action.
Shutter Speed: Hand Held at 1/2000th of a second to freeze any action and to avoid any blurred shots.
Filter: Circular Polarizer is a must to cut the sun glare and to see below the surface of the ocean.
Camera Gear: Meta wears her G3 Cotton Carrier Harness in Camo to keep her hands free.
Water Protection: A LensCoat RainCoat can protect your camera and lens from spray. Comes in 3 sizes and colors, including Camo.

Bring plenty of MagicFiber Microfiber Cleaning Cloths to keep your lens clean from ocean spray, fog and tiny water dropplets.
Bring enough Spare Camera Batteries, because most boat tours last 2 to 3 hours.
Never expose the inside of your camera to a lens swap once on the ocean.
A Secondary Camera with a small 50mm f/1.4 Prime Lens works very well for close up shots at 1/2000th of a second.
Most Whale Watching Boats don’t allow tripods, but a Monopod balanced on the toe of your shoe works very well to isolate the vibration of the boat. A pistol grip can also help steady your camera. Check with the boat operator before boarding.
Wear layered clothing, including a warm waterproof jacket or windbreaker.

Tip If you get sea sick, or think you may get sea sick, a 2 to 3 hour long ocean boat tour can be a horrible experience (been there, done that). The captain won’t return to land, just because you’re sea sick. Bring some Sea Sick Patches (Available by Prescription Only). One Sea Sick Patch can last for up to 3 days and won’t make you drowsy.
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How To Shoot Waterfalls

How to Shoot Waterfalls – Meta’s Waterfalls Camera Settings

Shooting silky smooth waterfalls usually involves Long Exposures with a Neutral Density Filter, to avoid over saturation. To determine the best shutter speed, Meta often counts how long the water takes to cover the distance of the shot, and then uses this for her exposure time. Typically 2 to 4 seconds works well for most small waterfalls. Always use a Tripod with a Remote Shutter Release for the best results.

Lens: 28mm to 50mm Prime, f/1.4 to f/2.8
Exposure: Manual
Focus: Manually Focus on the side Rocks or Trees that are not moving
ISO: 100
Aperture: f/16 to f/22
Shutter Speed: 2 to 4 Seconds
Filter: ND8 to Avoid Over Saturation
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How to Shoot Sunsets and Sunrises – Meta’s Sunset and Sunrise Camera Settings

High Dynamic Range Photography or HDR Photography works best for High Contrast Photos, such as Sunsets and Sunrises. HDR Photography involves taking 5 bracketed shots, at various shutter speeds, then using special post production software, such as Aurora HDR. Always use a Tripod with a Remote Shutter Release for the best results.

See Meta’s HDR Photography Section for her HDR Camera Settings.

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