To enable me to capture images with appropriate settings (and not have to kick myself when I get home for having wasted a photo opportunity due to inappropriate settings) I apply what I call the SAIFFER settings (Shutter-Aperture‐ISO-Focus-Focal Length-Exposure-Raw).
SAIFFER Settings Set up your camera with the following settings:
- Shutter Speed: Use1/60 sec or faster (using slower shutter speeds may result in subject blur).
- Aperture Priority: Use f/4 for full frame sensors or f/2.8 for crop sensors. Use the maximum aperture if your lens does not open to these wider apertures.
- ISO: No higher than 800
- Focus and Focal length: 50-70mm (equivalent) and ensure the eyes are sharp.
- Exposure: Ensure there is no loss of detail in shadows or highlights (adjust if required by reviewing the histogram on the camera).
- Raw: Set the ‘Quality’ to Raw.
One of the creative projects on my Sony Alpha Workshops is how to create Professional Portraits (I supply the models). Go to http://www.markgaler.com/sony-alpha-creative-workshops to find out more.
This is an extract from my new book ‘Introduction to Photography: A Visual Guide to the Essential Skills of Photography and Lightroom’.