Shoot like the professionals.

This may be obvious to some and maybe not to others so I thought I would share.

I'm sure there can not be too many secrets out there on how the pro's like say Yuri Arcurs get those great looking bright corporate style images. Some of it will be the equipment used and how they use such equipment, so here I am not reinventing the wheel but just going to point out a feature I find useful here on DT.

So what settings are used on indoor shoots, how is that great DOF created, how is that level of sharp focus achieved in a certain type of shot.

Well I have found it very useful when looking at such great shots to go into the tools option and scroll down to the bottom and there is all the EXIF data i.e for the image above :

ApertureFNumber: f/2.5


Model: NIKON D3X

DateTime: 2011:01:11 10:59:01

ExposureTime: 10/1600

FNumber: 25/10

ExposureProgram: 1

ISOSpeedRatings: 250

DateTimeOriginal: 2010:11:07 12:18:01

MaxApertureValue: 10/10

MeteringMode: 5

LightSource: 0

Flash: 0

FocalLength: 850/10

I find this info very useful and would think it's like gold dust for newer photographers or for giving us a heads up when we are planning on shooting in conditions new to us like say indoors or low light.

So I find this very useful and hope some out there will do to, it really does make give you a great insight into how the pro's shoot, surely this is very valuable information :-)

All images used here belong to Yuri Arcurs :-) and not me :-(

Photo credits: Yuri_arcurs.

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May 09, 2012


Good post. I often look at the EXIF data of shots I like to see the settings used. Definately useful stuff.

May 09, 2012



Good information to know. Photography is something that I finally have more time to commit to. I love capturing images that are simply breath-taking.

Looking forward to more of your posts.

To Your Success,

Stacie W.

March 02, 2012


Thanks for sharing.

March 01, 2012


I've found the tools option ... staring me in the face ... don't know how I missed it!!

February 19, 2012


Where is the tools option? Thanks.

April 07, 2011


I can't shoot like a professional. I would most probably go to jail... :)

April 06, 2011


All said and done it may not be the EXIF data that does the trick, but it could be the post processing that it goes through which gives it that extra shine.
So I presume the gold dust lies there :-)

April 05, 2011


Nice tip, Brett. Thanks.

March 30, 2011


@ Alvera, how can we tell the second pic is a collage? are there many with that background shot?

March 30, 2011


Thanks for sharing.

March 29, 2011


The second photo is a collage so exif info is relevant only for women in front. And f/2.5 on our lenses are sooooo different from f/2.5 on Yuri's glass... :)

March 28, 2011


Great article

March 28, 2011


Many thanks understood. David.

March 28, 2011


nice pics

March 28, 2011


@ Davidwatmough, of I will try :-)

Search for an image, any image. Now you have a page of pictures matching your search, select a picture you want to see the info on. Now you have selected the picture it should appear on the upper left side of your screen and on the right two tabs, the one selected will say "Download RF stock photo" and a tab to the right of that saying "tools". Select tools and scroll down to see the bottom of the page, you will see EXIF and all its data under that.

Hope this helps :-)

March 28, 2011


It doesn't work for me,,,,,,,,,, can you be clearer? View image info only gives me thumb nail size. David.

March 28, 2011


*laughs* No, BCritchley, I know what you mean, but it's not you! I'd been reading a bunch of other blog articles and got really annoyed with some of the posters because they weren't even reading the articles! Sorry, I made a snarky comment on your blog.

March 27, 2011


Thanks for sharing!

March 27, 2011


Thanks I also look at this now and then..

March 27, 2011


Depends on what you are shooting and where you are in. Lower f numbers means blurred backgrounds with less DOF expressing the subject better in the front.

I give you a tip : Use a flash in Program mode and increase your ISO up to 800 in indoor shoots. A bit noise will be visible but with a little aftertouch you can reduce it.

March 27, 2011


@ Calyx22, I do not get your ps comment, are you saying it does not read correctly? I just checked it on my mobile and lost half of it lol so had to get up an add the last part again from my laptop :-) I get on so well with technology :-)

March 27, 2011


It must be another way of expressing the f/ number as at the top it says f/2.5.
I lost the last half of my blog and now have no idea exactly what I wrote so just finished it off.

March 27, 2011


WoW, i had no idea that info was available. I assumed you would have to buy the photo to see the exif info!
I dont shoot models much but its nice to know.
BTW: what does this mean... "FNumber: 25/10". does that mean F25?

March 27, 2011


PS sometimes I also read these blog articles and wonder if anyone actually reads them before posting. I might have to write my first blog article about that!

March 27, 2011


I have also looked at many best selling portraits and noticed the 2.8 f-stop. I have some but mine never look like Yuri's! I hope that we can find our way into shallow portraiture with as much success. I love that you take the time to look at EXIF data. Sometimes I feel like I'm the only one to do this so it's very reassuring!

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