04-06-2020 02:47 PM
"We have a fellow on the forum that gets stunning results from the very same lens you have.
Av mode is my most preferred way of shooting wildlife. A fixed ISO is also my preferred way. BTW, kido, almost never too never use f32. Also M mode isn't preferred or necessary."
He is shooting with a 75-300mm kit lens, not a 70-300mm.
The one issue with shooting in Av mode is that it is a good idea to disable "Safety Shift". If not, the camera may override your exposure settings to get a proper exposure, if shooting conditions require it.
04-06-2020 03:53 PM
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04-06-2020 05:34 PM
Ebiggs THANK YOU!! I just took a bunch of pictures and they are fantastic! I have to get them on the laptop to show you. I still don’t really know why those settings work 🤓 but at least i can get started! I really appreciate your help.
The camera settings advice that Ernie suggested is only a starting point. It is up to you, the photographer, to learn how to adapt to varying shooting conditions and subjects. Take a look at the first two posts in this recent thread I created.
I would encourage you to watch all of the videos in the first link, and then watch them again after gaining some experience.
04-07-2020 08:05 AM
"Ebiggs THANK YOU!! I just took a bunch of pictures and they are fantastic!"
This is exactly what I wanted to hear. It is music to my ears.
"The camera settings advice ... is only a starting point."
This is very true. It does have a caveat though. Those settings with that camera/lens combo and daylight will almost always give you good results. So, a starting point, yes, but a working point too.
Watch your settings in the viewfinder to make any necessary adjustments. Perhaps a cloud or two enters in to the shot which will require you to up the ISO for instance. Or, maybe slow the SS but trying to maintain at least 1/500. As you get more experience and on-the-job-training, if you will, you will get even better. I'd say you are well on your way now so go have fun!
BTW, do share a shot or two!