5 Essential Camera Settings, Every Newbie Must Know
Basic Photography
August 16, 2019

If you are reading this blog, then let me tell you. You are already one step closer to becoming a professional photographer. Every photographer has a starting point, and you can be your own best teacher in the beginning stage of your photographic journey.


To help you understand your camera better and dive straight in experimenting with your camera, I have written 5 important tips that accelerate your pace and take you closer to good photography.


1. Adjust the White Balance Setting:

White Balance is that one setting which is neglected the most by all the photographers. But you will not even realise how it can change the image completely. By keeping the temperature of the whites in your photograph, you can change the mood of the scene. 


To adjust the white balance, make sure you always save your photographs in RAW Mode, which will enable you even better editing options while post processing. 


Always capture your photographs in Manual White Balance settings which will give you better colors and the details in the picture can be highlighted properly.  





2. Right Shutter Speed Will Control Camera Shake:

As a beginner, you will face some problems with handling the camera to click clear and sharp images. But these issues of blur pictures can be managed by changing the settings in your camera.


Say to avoid blurry photos when using 200mm lens you can set the shutter speed at 1/200sec and for 28mm lens at 1/30sec. The core idea that you must always keep in mind is to keep the shutter speed higher than the length n your lens. 


Sharpest of an image can be captured by keeping the shutter speed at 3 “stops†when you are using an image stabilized lens. 


3. ISO Settings For Low Light Photography:

Low light photography is no Jack’s game. It requires a change in settings depending on the amount of light entering the camera. To get the right exposure, you have to focus on setting the exposure triangle in suitable setting.


While you adjust the shutter speed and aperture, you may also want to double the ISO. since the higher the ISO, the more light you can get, along with more noise as well. This part is the most trickiest.


Keep you ISO under 1600 and shoot in black and white. You can also use the flash when necessary.





4. ‘Exposure Compensation’ To Change Exposure:

Exposure Compensation will let you manage too bright or too dark images. You can activate it before hitting the shutter by using your camera’s quick control screen. Or you can also hit the button marked “+/-“. 


The picture will turn brighter when you hit on the scale of ‘+’ and it will be darker when you hit ‘-’.  Always keep your exposure compensation at Zero after you are done taking your shot.





5. Use Single Point Focus:

Single Point Focus will allow to be precise and focus exactly on  the target in the photograph. Auto Focus on the other hand will not give you that precision. 


Say for example, when you are clicking portrait of a person, try to keep the single point focus on the person’s eyes. It will keep all the important things around the eyes on focus making the photograph look very sharp.

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