John on July 31st, 2009
  • At Triumph on South, and there next to us is Danny Bonaducci!
  • It’s subscription renewal night – TiVo, Carbonite and my MS TechNet
  • Real nice Cliff Lee action so far
  • Cliff Lee can HIT the ball!
  • What a WELL pitched game tonight
John on July 30th, 2009
  • Gary Matthews, please SHUT UP! I’m tired of your incessant chattering.
  • Another plea – no more talking head discussions about “BEER SUMMITS”. CNN and FOX News spending hours on this was truly ABSURD!
John on July 30th, 2009

In the latest edition of my Digital Photography Tips, I want to talk “briefly” about the settings dial that is on your digital SLR or point and shoot digital camera.  As always, I am going to work from my Canon 40D as a reference – but the settings I’ll discuss map very cleanly to other Canon and Nikon cameras. For the sake of this article I am going to talk about the 5 most common dial settings that you’ll encounter and the impact that each one will have on your photography.

Green Automatic is the Easiest But …..

On Canon & Nikon digital cameras there is a dial setting that is depicted as a green rectangle/icon.  This setting is referred to as the “fully automatic” setting.  When you set your camera to shoot in this mode, the digital camera is literally making every decision for you.  In my last posting about exposure, I talked about Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO.  Under the “fully automatic” setting, your camera is making a qualitative guesstimate on what it thinks the exposure should be.  As the person pressing the shutter button, you’re only job is to make sure that your subject is framed properly and that your hand is steady and not shaking.  Use this setting when you first start using your digital camera and you want to get the shot without having to stop and think about anything.  One important note about this setting, the camera will also decide wether it thinks your subject and exposure could be improved by the usage of the internal flash.  I like to leave my camera on this setting if hand my camera to someone take a picture of me or my wife and I’m the least bit concerned about the ambient lighting.  One final note: unlike the other dial settings that I am about to discuss, “fully automatic” is the only one that COMPLETELY restricts my ability to change Aperture, ISO & Shutter Speed.  The Camera is truly in TOTAL CONTROL.

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John on July 29th, 2009
  • What? The NHL and NBA are seriously considering putting ads on their game jerseys! Total Travesty!
  • Cliff Lee is a Phillie!
  • Hamels, Cliff Lee, Joe Blanton, JA Happ, Jamie Moyer, Pedro Martinez: who are the Philles 5 starters and who sits during the playoffs?
  • Just landed back in Philadelphia, and NO I did not check any luggage!
John on July 28th, 2009
  • Still no clothes, hand washing yesterday’s clothes, the overnite toiletries bag contained an ancient 2-blade torture device, I’m not happy
  • The bags have arrived!
  • Thank God Brett Favre is staying retired!
John on July 27th, 2009
  • Sorry, Joe Biden’s comments about Russia to the WSJ does not help to advance the foreign policy “goals” of the administration.
  • Here’s something I haven’t done in a while; board a flight for a business trip. Destination: Charlotte
  • Rats! USAir would not let me carry a bag on that I have used for years. And of course – they charged me $20.
  • And my luggage was just “lost” by USAir!
  • USAir where is my luggage?
John on July 26th, 2009
  • Phillies are playing 2 run HomeRun ball today!
  • Good time today visiting with Josh, Daphna, Rina, Aunt Susan & Yechiel. What a cute little guy!
John on July 25th, 2009
  • At Best Buy with little John
  • 90 minutes in a Best Buy and it only cost me $9.24