Canon EOS 1000D Shooting Tips

It’s been a month since I lay my hands on my Trigger, and personally, I’m satisfied with the images that this cam generates. Although as they say, It’s not the camera who produces good images but the one who shoots, which is I agree, no doubt about that! But on my shot n’ roll opinion, a shooter wouldn’t create nice shots without knowing his camera. You should be familiar with the controls and settings of your cam and know it’s scope/limitation
to build up a man-machine shot n’ roll chemistry that would output a two-thumbs up result.

My Trigger
My Trigger

Here are some of the words and acronyms that you will usually hear on this kind of field.

Viewfinder – is what the photographer looks through to compose, and in many cases to focus, the picture.
/* In short, this is where you put your eyes on to view your subject */

Live View – the digital counter part of view finder. Use this when you want to view your subject in LCD.
/* not all dslr cameras have this feature */

ISO – image sensor’s sensitivity to light.
/* The more ISO you use, the more noise it may produce */

Aperture – is a hole or an opening through which light travels.
/* The lower the value of your aperture, the more blurry the background is. Hence, your focus subject becomes clear and more emphasize */

Shutter Speed – is a common term used to discuss exposure time, the effective length of time a shutter is open.
/* Lets put it this way… If you want to freeze the motion of a moving subject, set your shutter speed to a higher value; If you want to create a laser-like effect on moving cars, set your shutter speed to lower value */

Subject – is the focus of your camera; your main dish; the one you emphasize the most.
AE – Auto Exposure

There are 2 shooting techniques in Canon EOS 1000d, which I think all of DSLR cams have. The Basic and the Advance techniques.

Basic Modes

  • Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Close Up
  • Sports
  • Night Portrait
  • Flash Off

Advance Modes

  • <P> (Program AE) – this mode sets the shutter speed and aperture automatically to obtain the standard exposure.
  • <Tv> (Time Value) – Shutter Priority AE
  • <Av> (Aperture Value) – Aperture Priority
  • <M> – Manual
  • <A-DEP> – Automatic depth of field

I suggest you should directly proceed to Advance Shooting Modes than Basic Modes. Why? because shooting in a
Basic Mode is like shooting in a point and shoot camera.
Here’s a tip… Shoot in Advance Mode then select
<P> (Program AE) coz this mode sets the shutter speed and aperture automatically. In this case you’ll get
familiar with the Shutter Speed and Aperture value of each shots you’ve taken. The only thing you have to watch out
is your AF Points and ISO, and most specially your hand shakes. hehehe!
Here’s a sample shot using <P>

Longview (shot in Program Auto mode)
Longview (shot in Program Auto mode)

Now if your familiar with the Aperture, try shooting in <Av> mode. This is one of the modes that I personally like
coz it’s easy to use. If you want to blur the background of the subject, use this mode then set your f/value to the lowest.
Here’s a sample shot using <Av>

Little Wing (shot in Aperture Priority Mode)
Little Wing (shot in Aperture Priority Mode)

Familiar with the Shutter Speed? Then shoot in <Tv> mode. This mode is more difficult than <Av> because this is more sensitive. The more Shutter Speed is, the slower your camera generates the image, most specially on night shots. Solution? Use a tripod. This mode is nice to use when shooting moving objects. If you want to stop the motion, or capture the laser like lights of fast moving cars, this is the mode that’s right for you.
Here’s a sample shot using <Tv>

Nocturnal Fountain (shot in Shutter Priority Mode)
Nocturnal Fountain (shot in Shutter Priority Mode)

How about the <A-DEP>? Use this mode when shooting wide angles and landscapes. This mode sets the focus points
automatically to all section, no need to adjust it. The only thing you should worry about is the ISO and your
hand shakes. hehehe!
Here’s a sample shot using <A-DEP>

Perfect Day (shot in A-DEP Mode)
Perfect Day (shot in A-DEP Mode)

Now if you’re familiar with all of the settings, try shooting in <M>(Manual Mode). Coz in this mode, you
will manually set the Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO, Focus Points and addtional settings like White Balance
and Picture Style. Click here to see some shots using <M>(Manual Mode).

That’s all folks! Hope my newbie shooting experience would help others… Thanks for dropping by! Shot n’ Roll!

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Know your camera, and the camera will give you the shots you’ve wanted to”

Gears Used:
Canon EOS 1000D
Canon EF-S 18-55mm kit lens

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