Camera Modes

Auto mode tells your camera to use it’s best judgement to select shutter speed, aperture, ISO, white balance, focus and flash to take the best shot that it can. With some cameras auto mode lets you override flash or change it to red eye reduction. This mode will give you nice results in many shooting conditions, however you need to keep in mind that you’re not telling your camera any extra information about the type of shot you’re taking so it will be ‘guessing’ as to what you want. Portrait mode works best when you’re photographing a single subject so get in close enough to your subject (either by zooming in or walking closer) so that your photographing the head and shoulders of them). Also if you’re shooting into the sun you might want to trigger your flash to add a little light onto their face.

Depth of Field

Depth of field is controlled by changing the aperture setting on your camera. Like your eye, a camera lens has an iris inside that can open or close to let in more or less light. You control the size of this hole, or aperture, by changing the aperture setting, which is measured using a scale of f-stops.

What Every Beginner Needs To Know.

Most cameras produce high quality jpgs, yet they’re still no match for RAW files. The downside to the jpg format is that it’s a compressed file. Your camera has the option of selecting the auto focus points for you, but it can’t always anticipate correctly. Most cameras come with different auto focus modes like One-shot AF, Servo AF and AI Auto focus. All of these modes have different uses, depending on subject and situation. In aperture priority mode, your camera will vary the exposure settings depending on the aperture value you set. Motion blur often comes from using a shutter speed that is too slow for holding the camera in your hands. All digital cameras have a few white balance presets.While they can do a fairly decent job, we recommend learning to set white balance manually, according to each lighting situation. Learn how to select the correct ISO value depending on the lighting conditions. Lower values are great when there is plenty of light to work with. Higher ISO values are needed for working in low light. Just keep the noise levels in mind. The last stage of learning how to use your camera’s settings is full manual control. You can’t call yourself a real photographer until you’ve learned to control every little setting on your camera. Only then will you be able to use it at its full potential.

Camera Simulator

Getting a good exposure is a balancing act between Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO. If you change the value of one, you might need to adjust the others to capture the right amount of light. Aperture and the Shutter Speed for you, based on the amount of light that passes through the lens.  A low setting works in an environment where there is lots of light. As you increase the ISO the sensor becomes more sensitive and will therefore need less light to get a good exposure.