1.10.13

Camera Settings

I thought I’d start another regular column, firstly because I think this one will have some helpful tips for you, and secondly to make it easier for myself when coming up with blog post ideas ;)

This one will be about your DSLR camera (and maybe even about non-DSLR cameras), all its buttons and settings.

About two weeks ago I got myself a new camera - I had been using my first DSLR (a Canon EOS 1000D) for the last five years, and it surely was time to upgrade. It had been playing up for quite a while now, e.g. I had to take the battery out and put it back in before turning it on, so I didn’t get an error message when taking photos - just to give you one example.
Now I’m super happy with my new camera, a Canon EOS 6D, especially because it takes so many more photos per second than my old one. Definitely a huge upgrade in this regard. It does all I need it to do right now, and it does it well.

Anyway, this doesn’t mean you should go and get an expensive new camera as soon as something’s going a bit funny. I had been using my old camera for a long time even after its first signs of playing up. You can deal with most things, and if you’re not trying to work as a professional photographer (yet), remember that your camera is just a tool.

When I was reading through the instruction manual to learn about all the features on my camera, I figured it would be cool to do a series on camera settings to freshen up our memory of what those cameras can do. Or maybe you’re new to photography and need a little help getting started with your camera. You’ll learn what different settings are used for, and I’ll share some ideas on how/when to best use them.

So keep an eye out for the next post when I’ll dive into the first part - different camera modes.
And please share any thoughts you have on camera settings in the comments below, or let me know if you have any questions regarding different types of cameras etc.

10 comments:

  1. I am so excited for these posts! I have slowly been diving into the settings and want to eventually only use manual but I want to make sure I know exactly what I'm doing. I'm more of a hands on learner, so it'll be a challenge, but I'm sure your tutorials will be wonderful!

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    1. Thank you, Steven! Glad you're excited. I'll try to keep it simple and understandable. If you want to get into manual I've written a few posts just on that - have a look at this post (which links to more posts that might me interesting for you!)

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  2. Great idea! And congratulations - I hope you will have loads of fun with your new camera!

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    1. Thanks, Nancy! Just spent the whole day 'having fun' with it ;)

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  3. Love this portrait for yourself!

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  4. i'm excited for your new column! ever since i took my first photography class, i've been wanting to get better (: also, could you recommend a beginner dslr? that'd be amazing!

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    1. Thanks, Sharon! :) There's a good overview of beginner DSLR's here - I can recommend my old camera (Canon EOS 1000D, which I don't think you can get anymore, but there's a similar one, Canon EOS 1100D / Rebel T3 in the States, that should be good. Also, you should have a look at some reviews at Digital Photography Review - it's a really good site to look at for reviews.
      I'll drop you a quick email, too :)

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  5. I have just very recently got a 6D too, so in love with it!

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    1. Yay, someone else being happy with it :)

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