Understanding your Camera Settings

Are you overwhelmed with all the dials, knobs, buttons, etc on your camera?
Well it's best to start by reading your cameras manual to see exactly what each button, knob, or dial does. Each camera brand has a different set up, so this is why I suggest your familiarize yourself with your specific camera.

Let's start with some abbreviations that I'll be using throughout the website.

Auto- This is the default setting that your camera comes set on. This allows you to shoot right out of the box, but the camera chooses all the settings for you! 

A or AV (Aperture Priority Mode)- Only allows you to manipulate the Aperture (f/stop).

S or TV (Shutter Speed Priority Mode)- Only allows you to manipulate the Shutterspeed.

P (Program Mode)- This mode allows you to set the aperture and shutterspeed, but not the ISO.

M (Manual)- This setting allows you to set ISO, Shutterspeed, and Aperture!

Now you're probably even more overwhelmed, because you don't know what ISO means, or what the shutter speed does, or what the aperture does.

Well keep reading.

 ISO- This setting controls how sensitive your sensor is or needs to be in a particular lighting situation.
A (Aperture)-  Can also be called an F-Stop. This setting controls how large or small the aperture opening is.
SS (shutter speed)- This setting controls how fast or slow the shutter moves.
WB (White Balance)- Allows you to balance the color of your lighting.

Are you still wondering what all these settings have to do with each other and how to use them?

Well stay tuned for the next set of posts. They're more in-depth and by the time you read all three of those posts, you'll be able to put your camera in M (Manual).

Thanks for reading!
If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below!

Tori D.
 


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