New Camera Anatomy: 12 key camera settings to get you started right

    | Photography for Beginners | 26/12/2012 01:00am

    5. Sensitivity: Auto


    How to set your Auto ISO - step 2

    The sensitivity or ISO setting determines how much light the camera needs to capture an image. At high ISO settings like ISO 6400 the camera only needs a small amount of light, but the image may be noisy and have some speckling visible.

    Using a low sensitivity setting ensures high image quality, but it may require a slow shutter speed or large aperture setting. To save having to worry about this in the early days, set the camera to its automatic ISO setting.

    6. White balance: Auto


    Best settings for your new camera - auto white balance

    Different light sources produce light of slightly different colours but our brains do a great job of correcting the colour shift. The camera’s automatic white balance setting attempts to do the same thing.

    It may not always get it right, and it may sometimes over-correct, but it’s a great starting point.

    7. Metering: Evaluative, Matrix or Multi-segment


    Choose the right metering mode

    Your camera’s light metering system measures the amount of light available and suggests (or sets) appropriate exposure settings.

    The name of the multi-purpose setting varies depending upon the brand of camera, but it’s often called Evaluative, Matrix, Multi-area or Multi-segment metering and it is the best option to use when you are starting out in photography.

    This setting tells the camera to look at several areas across the whole frame and suggest/set aperture and shutter speed settings that give a balanced exposure.

    PAGE 1: Best settings for your new camera – format the card
    PAGE 2: Best settings for your new camera – image quality
    PAGE 3: Best settings for your new camera – image size and exposure mode
    PAGE 4: Best settings for your new camera – sensitivity, white balance and metering
    PAGE 5: Best settings for your new camera – focus mode
    PAGE 6: Best settings for your new camera – drive mode and image stabilisation
    PAGE 7: Best settings for your new camera – Picture Style/Control and colourspace


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    Posted on Wednesday, December 26th, 2012 at 1:00 am under Photography for Beginners.

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