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  • Basic camera settings

    How to set up your camera

    The first thing every photographer should do is to go through your cameras menus and select some basic settings to enable ease of use.

  • Decide on what type of image file to shoot and save

    Image quality

    Make your choice about the image quality you want to shoot .jpg, RAW or both.

  • Learn the basics of different shooting modes

    Shooting Modes

    Most cameras have at least 3 or 4 shooting modes, from full control manual to sports mode, landscape mode and more, know how to choose the best shooting mode for any scenario

Camera Set up

The basics. Setting up your camera is the first thing everyone should do. With complicated menus here are a few tips to ensure you get the most from your equipment.

Image Quality

Image quality is subjective but there are some important decisions to make before you start shooting. Learn how to make the right creative choices to achieve the look you want.

Shooting Modes

Modern cameras offer many shooting modes, but which one to pick for any given situation is not as easy as it sounds. Learn about the the best camera modes for your subject.

Essential menu setting

  • The first thing to do when setting up your camera is to go through the camera menus. Digital cameras have a myriad of settings but there are some important settings to get right from the start, the most important of all: Set "Shoot without card" to OFF ! Imagine coming back from holiday and not realising you have no card in the camera, without this setting you can shoot all day with no card, therefore no pictures ! If you want to learn more about correct settings then drop me a line and I can organise a one to one session to get your camera set up correctly.
    Setting up your camera will ensure the best chance of capturing the perfect photograph
  • Set up your menus for trouble free shooting
  • Set your file size to the biggest you can

Choose your image quality

  • Image quality should be the next setting to decide on. Modern cameras usually offer a variety of .jpg sizes from small to large, low to high. More advanced cameras will also offer a RAW file setting. In my opinion with the cost of camera cards being relatively cheap these days you should shoot at the highest possible file size. This way when you come to post production you have more information in the image file to play with. It also means that you have an archive of photographs that can be used from web to print, If you only shoot small files you may find they are only suitable for the screen and will not make a good print for your wall.
    Choose the largest file size possible

Get off auto settings !

  • Choosing an auto setting or mode to shoot in can seem like the easy option, after all the camera does it all for you dosen't it ? Well it can do but getting off of auto settings and using your camera in manual mode gives you so much more control of your picture taking. Remember your cameras meter only sees a mid grey and averages out the exposure so if you are working in a dark location or a very bright beach for example it will give you a mid grey exposure. Understanding manual mode allows you to take control of the camera to achieve better images.
    Learn about manual mode photography with a tutorial session
  • Learn more about photography and get off auto settings