Being in the high school senior and wedding photography business, I tend to hear the following a lot… “Oh, my aunt Beth has a nice camera. I am just going to have her take my senior/wedding photos”.
So I decided to do a side by side comparison of images taken in auto mode and manual mode on my “nice camera”. You see, it’s not the camera that makes a nice image. It’s the photographer. :) I implore you to please think twice about having Aunt Beth do your senior/wedding photos. These images will last long after you are gone. They capture a moment in time that will never happen again.
I recently worked with a lovely senior who was gracious enough to allow me to do some shots in “auto” mode so I could write this blog. Everyone, say hi to Erin!
I have never ever posted images straight out of camera and unedited (SOOC for short). It makes me kind of nervous, but I am going to do it anyways! :) In the images below you will see SOOC auto, SOOC manual, and the final edited image. You will notice in the images shot on auto that the aperture is very high in most of them. I tend to shoot between 1.4-2.8 when I am shooting a senior or wedding. I won’t go into detail about the technical definition of what aperture is (you can Google that), but in layman’s terms it is what makes the background blurry. The lower the aperture, the blurrier the background is. I know there is someone out there that is annoyed that I am not describing it better, but I am not writing a technical blog post. You will also notice that most of the images shot in auto are underexposed. Also, the pop up flash kept coming on. How annoying! I never use my pop up, so it kept startling me when it kept popping up!
I hope these images help to show and explain the difference between auto and manual on a “nice camera”. Please think twice about using Aunt Beth for your amazing day. Hire a photographer. You won’t regret it!
A big shout out to my senior model, Erin. You rock girl! Also, to my makeup artist Emile Schmidt – you are amazing!
Auto settings: f/5.6, shutter speed 1/200 ISO 400 || Manual settings: f/2.5, shutter speed 1/160, ISO 100
Auto settings: f/5.6, Shutter speed 1/250, ISO 400 || Manual settings: f/2.5, Shutter speed 1/160, ISO 100
Auto settings: f/4, Shutter speed 1/125, ISO 100 || Manual settings: f/2.5, Shutter speed: 1/160, ISO 100
Auto settings: f/7.1, Shutter speed: 1/250, ISO 400 || Manual settings: f/2.5, Shutter speed: 1/160, ISO 100
Auto settings: f/5.6, Shutter speed: 1/250, ISO 400 || Manual settings: f/2.5, Shutter speed: 1/160, ISO 100