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Donna Tighe submitted this image taken with a Nikon D90, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/125.  Donna used the auto setting and would like to know what settings she should have used. The photo itself is very nice, the sunlight is acting as a rim light on the child’s hat and the child’s left eye (right in frame) is very engaging. The camera has exposed the child’s eyes properly but the lens flare is distracting. I realize there are some who love some flare, so we will leave that up to personal preference. As to Donna’s question about how to determine what settings she should have used, there is no straight answer, it really depends on what she intended and I would need more specifics on the lens she used.  To obtain the depth of field Donna has here she would need to open the aperture up, then use an ISO that would allow the shutter speed to be fast enough to hand hold the camera.

—Melissa Macatee
Contributing Blogger

__This photo gets four stars on the PopPhoto Flash rating system.

The PopPhoto Flash rating system.
*= This part of the camera is called the lens
**= Don't quit your day job
***= Good, but not yet great
****=So close you can taste it
*****= Yes, a thousand times yes!

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