If you just bought a new camera, you will see the number of buttons and control wheels available and then start to get confused about what your new camera’s settings are. Of course there are recommendations for setting a new DSLR / Mirrorless camera.
Where, this really needs to be learned considering there are some buttons and control wheels that might make a little confused friends, especially for novice photographers. So, by knowing the recommended settings for a new DSLR / Mirrorless camera, friends will not be wrong in applying the settings to the camera, both DSLR and Mirrorless. On the other hand, some of the recommended settings on the DSLR and Mirrorless cameras are an effort to be operated optimally.
The settings for DSLR / Mirrorless cameras which we will discuss this time are also not too difficult if we do them carefully according to the procedure. That is, the recommended settings for a camera that you have are more on how to make the camera have the right ability and ideal for shooting a variety of object images.
Here are some DSLR / Mirrorless camera settings to have the right and ideal capabilities :
1. Exposure Mode
There are two modes that are friendly enough for new camera owners: Auto Mode, Scene and Program Mode. In both of these modes, the camera determines all or most camera settings so you can focus on taking pictures. Unfortunately when the camera is in both modes, many parameters are turned off the camera.
Next, start using the Aperture Priority or Shutter Priority. And please also start experimenting with Manual mode. Reread the Camera Ekpsoure Mode.
The metering setting determines how the camera measures the light reflected by objects and then how they produce a combination of shutter speed and lens aperture that matches the measurement results earlier. When starting using your new DSLR / Mirrorless camera, use the Evaluative (Canon) or Matrix (Nikon) metering mode. According to the addition of flying hours with your camera, start using another metering mode according to the shooting conditions and the object you are photographing: center weighted, spot and others.
You can understand the metering mode options in more detail in the article Understanding DSLR Camera Metering Modes.
3. Memory Card
In the recommendation settings for a new DSLR / Mirrorless camera things to note are on how to format a memory card. Insert the memory card in your DSLR / Mirrorless camera. Format the memory card so that it works in harmony with the file management specified by each camera.
Each camera is different, for example Nikon memory card slots: Enter the main menu of the camera, then look for the format command. On the Nikon D5500 for example, you enter Menu >> Setup Menu >> Format. While on Fuji X-E2 and push the OK menu >> slide down on Setup Menu 3 >> Format.
4. Drive Mode
Camera drive mode determines the speed of the camera in taking exposure. Single Shot Mode is suitable for use in the majority of shooting conditions and everyday photo objects. Set the camera in this mode when you first use it. In this mode, every time we press the shutter button fully, the camera will make a photo.
Another available mode is Continuous Mode, useful when shooting moving objects. The camera will continue to make photos as soon as we press the shutter button fully, the barrage mode says senior photographers. There is also a Delay or Remote mode that can be used in other conditions.
5. Determine the Size and Image Quality
It is better to make the best use of it to produce the highest quality photos available. Use the highest quality (Extra Fine or Highest Quality) JPEG format with Large file sizes.
Canon 100D qual menu; If you are interested in the RAW format which stores more photo information, you can also use it. Make sure you understand the difference between image files in JPEG vs. RAW format. When using the RAW format, make sure that your computer has sufficient software and specifications for reading and converting RAW to standard formats.
The ISO setting on the camera determines how much light money a camera needs to produce photos. High ISOs like 6400 are useful when you are shooting in a place with low light but at risk of producing photos with noise. While a low ISO such as 100 or 200 produces clearer, clearer photos with the best quality but makes photos prone to blur when you shoot indoors.
Read also ISO in Photography
For the initial stages of use, the best ISO setting you can choose is Auto.
7. White Balance
There are three components that need to get setting recommendations for a new DSLR / Mirrorless camera, which are white balance, metering, and focus. The camera’s white balance setting affects the color accuracy of the photo.
The lens on the camera you are using can automatically search for focus by using the camera’s autofocus system or manually by rotating the focus ring on the lens. For the recommendation of the latest DSLR / Mirrorless camera settings, the latter can certainly be adjusted to the needs. At this initial stage, take advantage of the camera’s autofocus (AF) system and use the Single AF mode (One Shot AF or Single Area AF). In this mode, the lens will lock focus at one point that you have set when you press the shutter button halfway down. Use the center of focus and start practicing so that your hands are agile in changing the focus point.
LCD panel, other AF mode options such as AI-Servo or AF-C you can use when you are going to take pictures of children who continue to run. You can read the discussion about the autofocus mode here.
9. How to Get Sharp Photos?
One of the most questions is why the photos produced remain blurry, not sharp. Apart from the 8 recommended settings for the new DSLR / Mirrorless cameras mentioned above, surely you already have an idea of how the settings are right for practicing your photographer’s abilities.