Wow! Thanks to all the folks who have offered help, photo tips, and book titles. I appreciate it!
I think I may understand a bit more than I have led you to believe, however. Check me on this… First, the photo:
I like to take photos in the woods where the light is low. I don’t like the way most look with flash, so I avoid flash almost always. Oh, and I hate carrying a tripod! So… For this plant, I actually tried a variety of things:
1 – Set the camera on “P”. This setting selects both aperture and shutter speed for me, given the light conditions. Result: The shutter was way too slow for hand-holding.
2 – Set the camera on “Av” – Aperture priority. This setting allows me to select the Aperture, then selects the best shutter speed for the light conditions. I opened it up as far as the lens would allow: 2.8. Result: The shutter was way too slow for hand-holding. (Probably the exact same results as option #1, actually.)
3 – Set the camera on “Tv” – Shutter priority. This setting allows me to select a shutter speed, then will adjust the aperture for the light conditions. I selected 1/60 of a second, figuring that was fast enough for me to hand hold. Result: The widest this lens can open is 2.8. The camera displays this setting in my view finder – but it is blinking, indicating there is not enough light for the shot. I take the shot anyway. When I get home, I use software to brighten it a little. And I like the results… It still has the mood of the ambient light…
So, did I say all that stuff right? Does it make sense. Does it show I understand? Or am I still talking camera trash? (Be honest! This is how I learn.)
By the way, I did the same thing on this photo: