“I mostly stay in f/8,” he explains, “and have a minimum shutter speed of 500, to freeze the image, and a max ISO range of 6400, to handle different lighting conditions.”
Camera & Settings
Using his Sony a7 III and the Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 lens, Manuel quickly snapped a shot as the woman he’d noticed headed up the subway stairs and turned the corner. Since he was underground, he says he used an aperture of f/2.8 – the camera set the ISO to 2500 and used a shutter speed of 1/500.
“I mainly use the 50mm focal range because it’s not too wide or too telephoto, and it really complements how I see the world around me,” Manuel says. “I got lucky, being in the right spot to take the photo, and my instinct took over.”
While Manuel admits he didn’t have much time to spend crafting the ideal composition, he knew he wanted to shoot horizontally to capture the full context of the situation.
“Cameras are only tools,” he says. “It’s great to have the latest and greatest, but there is no better tool than the mind’s eye. You must continue to refine your craft by shooting every day.”