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Newbees to DSLR Photography often avoid using the camera in Manual Mode preferring to use one of the Program settings. Often it is because the photographer doesn’t understand the manual controls. Test your understanding of the various settings with this first in series of quizzes for beginners. When you finish why not try the more advanced quiz which tests your Quiz to test knowledge of lenses and aperture
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Question 1 of 10
If taking a photograph of a moving car on a race track which Mode Setting is the best to use?Correct
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You need to freeze the action by using a fast shutter speed. This can be achieved by using Shutter Priority and a fast shutter speed when the camera will select the optimum aperture. Alternatively you can use Manual Mode setting a fast shutter speed and the corresponding aperture.
Question 2 of 10
What is the effect of increasing ISOCorrect
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ISO originally referred to the sensitivity of the film used in earlier cameras. People taking photographs in normal conditions used either ISO 100 or 200 to get crisp results. Taking photographs in low light necessitated using more sensitive film with a higher ISO but with more grainy results.
Question 3 of 10
Increasing the Exposure Compensation can be used to…Correct
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On occasions when the main subject of your photograph is underexposed, perhaps because the majority of your photograph is bright, you can use exposure compensation to brighten your subject. However be aware that your whole image will be brighter. For portraits consider using a “fill in flash” instead.
Question 4 of 10
When you change the aperture setting on your camera what are you actually changing?Correct
Can be confusing for new photographers but not to youIncorrect
When the lens is connected to the camera electrical contacts allow them to work as one unit and changing the aperture either opens of closes the blades on the lens
Question 5 of 10
Which is the largest ApertureCorrect
You are half way 🙂Incorrect
With Aperture the inverse is the case i.e. f16 is in fact 1/16 so very small
Question 6 of 10
What Aperture setting is preferable for a portrait of an individual i.e. sharp image with background blurred.Correct
You must be producing great portraits.Incorrect
Using a low aperture number i.e wide aperture produces a narrow depth of field with sharp subject and out of focus background
Question 7 of 10
If using a handheld camera with a lens at a focal length of 100mm which shutter speed would not produce good resultsCorrect
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Using a too slow shutter speed has the potential of producing camera shake and blurred images. The rule of thumb is that you need to shoot at a faster shutter speed than the focal length i.e. if using a 100mm lens you need to shoot at a faster speed than 1/100 of a second.
Question 8 of 10
Which of the following is especially suitable for use in low-light photography?Correct
Just two to go… don’t hurry.Incorrect
There are lots of ways of achieving the same thing e.g. increasing ISO is the same as increasing the
Question 9 of 10
A lens may be referred to as being “Fast” but what does this mean.Correct
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A lens referred to as fast has a wide maximum aperture so can be used at faster shutter speeds.
Question 10 of 10
Which manufacturer produced the first digital cameraCorrect
You know history too…Steven Sasson an engineer at Eastman Kodak invented and built the first electronic camera in 1975Incorrect
Steven Sasson an engineer at Eastman Kodak invented and built the first electronic camera using a charge-coupled device image sensor in 1975