I don’t know about you, but when I grab my camera I’m often in such a hurry to get the shot that I don’t always check what settings it’s on. Depending on what I was last shooting, this can be disastrous and mean me messing up a shot. And I’ve lost count of the times I’ve gone to take a shot only to realise there’s no memory card / battery (luckily not on my professional shoots, where I have OCD when it comes to checking everything). Over time I’ve learned to set my camera back to some default settings after each shoot now, so that I’m good to go next time, and am always starting from the same basic set up. I have a mental checklist in my head, usually starting with ISO (no more completely over-exposed images as a result of ISO 6400 outdoors!)
If you’re shooting on the AUTO setting then this checklist won’t help you much beyond the first few points, but hopefully I’ve piqued your interest enough to wonder what the other settings do? If this is the case, check out some of my other blogs and if you’re local to Cheshire you could think about coming on one my courses for beginners.
This camera set up checklist will be very handy if you’ve started to explore different settings on your camera. I’ve split it into Beginners and More Advanced but use the terms loosely and only as a rough guide. I hope you find it useful. You can find the cheat sheets on Pinterest along with lots of others – feel free to print them out, laminate them. I’d love to know they’re being used.
I run courses and offer one to one tuition to beginners and improvers, including food photography courses, so if you’d like help getting to grips with your camera then click on the links and take a look.
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