Hey guys! Today I’m back with a new post for you all and it’s one that I hope a lot of you will find helpful and be able to relate to. Now I feel like whether it’s a camera on your phone or a handheld one, there are always buttons and setting that we are just like “What is that even for?”. In the end they never get used because simply just don’t know how to use them or what to use them for. Well that’s where I hope to help, as I have a guide below hopefully revealing the ins and outs of all those fancy camera settings that you may see pop up on your phone or your camera.
Typically on Phones:
- Exposure and Focus – These tend to be quite easily adjusted but can make all the difference in photos
- Grids – These aren’t always blatantly obvious to find, for me I have to turn them on in the settings. They may have been a setting you’ve never explored before but maybe give it a try and see how you like it.
- HDR – This is the setting that is really good for better exposed photos in difficult lighting scenarios
Typically on cameras:
- Jog Dial – Can be used the change: Shutter Speed, ISO value, Aperture value and Exposure
- ISO – The setting that controls the camera’s sensitivity, normally found when on the manual mode
- Manual Ring – Not all camera have this but it is normally used for either zoom or focus
- An adjustment Dial – (Labelled Finder Adjustment Dial or +-) It’s a small dial next to the view finder and helps adjust the clarity of the display on the screen when viewing or shooting photos
- Horizon Horizontal Line / Spirit Level – This is normally found in settings, under the display feature and you can choose to alter the display and add a horizon line or spirit level to get the photos nice and level
Some cameras tend to have this little circle with a bunch of settings displayed so I will try my best to expain a few of them in as simple words as possible.
- Auto – Automatically adjusted setting when shooting
- S (Shutter) – Allows you to adjust the shutter speed
- A (Aperture) – Allows you to adjust the aperture (brightness) before shooting
- Manual – Allows you to adjust all settings manually
- Background Defocus – This is a common feature on most cameras, maybe under as SCN or an alternative
- P (Program Mode) – It’s an in between stage of automatic and manual, the majority of the settings are automatic but you have the option the alter a few settings too. So it’s neither complete freedom or complete constriction
Now hopefully you are a little bit more aware of all those frightful looking buttons on your camera or phone and maybe feel more confident to experiment with the settings now. Just as a little side note remember that these particular buttons and settings were based of my particular camera, which is the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX300 but the settings are rather universal so they will probably be similar,if not the same to the features on yours. Anyways, I hope you enjoyed today’s post and found it helpful. I’ve had such a busy weekend too but for now I will speak to you all next week!
P.S: I hope you’re all doing well by the way! Oh and also, sticking to the subject of photography have you guys got any photo editing app recommendations? Byesies! Xxxx