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Although you might think your camera’s already ‘set’ from the last time you were out shooting, it’s always worth checking a few of the basics.
The most obvious starting point is your memory card. First of all, is it actually inserted? It may sound obvious, but there’s nothing worse than heading out with an empty camera having assumed it has ‘always’ got a memory card in it.
Having checked you’ve got your card (and packed at least one spare), it’s time to wipe it clean.
Formatting it using your camera’s menu system will better prevent any data corruption than simply erasing the pictures on the card, so always choose a full Format rather than Erase.
Next, set your file type: JPEG if you want print-ready files from the camera; or raw if you anticipate any post-production.
If you choose to shoot JPEGs, you also need to check the file size. Set the largest image size, with minimum compression, for optimum image quality.
Finally, don’t forget to check those often-overlooked settings, such as exposure bracketing, the AF mode and focus point selection, and especially any colour modes or picture styles you may have selected.
If your camera remembers your previously used settings, it’s easy to find yourself starting out with strange combinations from a recent shoot, so reset the camera.
It’s good practice to do this at the end of every shoot – your camera is then ready whenever you spot the perfect photo opportunity.
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How to take good photos: 02 Get composition spot-on every time
How to take good photos: 03 Ensure your basic camera functions are set correctly
How to take good photos: 04 Use aperture to control depth of field
How to take good photos: 05 Use shutter speeds for creative effect
How to take good photos: 06 Get the white balance right
How to take good photos: 07 Get your camera’s ISO settings right
How to take good photos: 08 Take control of focus
How to take good photos: 09 Assess your shots in-camera
How to take good photos: 10 Review and edit your images
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Posted on Friday, February 21st, 2014 at 12:01 am under Photography Tips.