While I was in Cuba, I experimented with a few camera settings and finally settled on some that were outside of my normal settings. Usually, I have the camera set to focus using a button in the back, rather than the shutter release button. This works well for allowing me to focus on something and recompose without refocusing. However, taking pictures of people on the move, perhaps, is significantly different than taking pictures of a landscape, for example.

Also, Peter wanted us to use a minimum shutter speed of 1/125 of a second and about an ISO of 400; however, I found this difficult to maintain because it was quite bright outside and my ISO couldn’t seem to get low enough. Also, in dimmer situations, the E-M1 prefers to open the aperture fully, f/1.8, killing my depth of field. Even though I shot with a 17mm (34 mm equiv), which has pretty deep depth of field, I could tell when I didn’t have deep sharpness. Ideally, I wanted to shoot at f/4 or f/5.6 and 1/125. After thinking about it for a bit, I went to manual with those settings and change the mode of the camera to allow it to select the ISO that would work for that combination. For the most part, that worked. There were situations where I had to open the aperture a bit more because of the light levels, like in the featured photo, which as taken at 1/125 @ f/2.5.

In looking at the meta data, more than 1/3 of the photos were at 1/125 second, overall about 3/4 were at or about 1/125. I did do some experimenting with slower speeds to try to capture a sense of motion – I had varying degrees of success with these, but they were fun to try.

Giddy up! Viñales, Cuba
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