Let's educate one another on how to take the best pictures (possible) with your simple digital camera. And by "Let's educate one another", I mean "I really need your help" and I bet others would appreciate learning at the same time.
I’m guessing most Coachella attendees show up with your basic digital camera. This thread is where we will learn how to take better pictures at this year’s festival using the settings available on the most common digital cameras. As for me, after years of experimenting and ending up with mediocre-at-best digital photos, I still have more questions than answers.
Using the vast knowledge of photography talent who frequent these forums, I’d love to solicit advice on how to get the best photos from a number of Coachella scenarios throughout the weekend.
The camera I will be using is the Canon PowerShot SD880 IS Digital Elph, which has settings that are likely consistent with 90% of those armatures snapping photos each year.
Setting choices include:
Image Size: I’ve been told I should always use the largest available (3648X2736)
Compression Ratio: I’ve also been told I should always use Superfine (vs. Fine or Normal)
ISO Speed: Choices are Auto, Hi, and 80 – 1620
Tone (White Balance): I have no idea when to use Auto vs Day Light, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, or Custom
Brightness (Exposure Compensation): I’ve experimented with settings from -2 through 2+ and still don’t know the best combinations with the other settings mentioned above. I don’t use a tripod.
Tone: Beyond getting artsy, is there a reason I should use Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, B/W, Positive Film, Custom Color, etc…?
Metering Mode: I usually keep it on Evaluative vs Center Weighted Avg or Spot
There are also some other settings and training wheel modes, but I can’t seem to get the right combination of those to produce any solid results either. As we talk about do’s and don’t’s, please try to reference the above settings as much as possible. Feel free to share what has worked and what hasn’t worked.
Good and bad examples of typical photo scenarios encountered throughout the weekend would include:
Daytime in the Gobi or Mojavi: The backlight is overwhelmingly bright relative to the light of the act on stage
Nighttime in the Gobi or Mojavi: Lots of movement and unpredictable lightening:
Nighttime in the Sahara: Same as other tents, just more specialty lighting:
Main stage (up close vs. far away): Best way to use zoom + other settings?
Art Installations and nighttime light displays: