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Camera Guide || Wondering what those settings mean?

Camera Guide || Wondering what those settings mean?

January 22, 2017

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

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Jodie Mitchell February 22, 2017 - 8:52 PM

It took me SO long to work out how to use my Canon properly, training myself on Manual mode was pretty bad for a while haha! I totally recommend VCSO, it’s an absolute godsend!

Olivia Alesha February 22, 2017 - 9:26 PM

Me too it took me a little while to figure out my camera. And I love VSCO so much, I use it for all of my instagram photos!
-Olivia Xxxx

Pixie January 25, 2017 - 8:35 PM

Such a good post it’s really helpful even some of these are use but have no clue what some of the actual names were on the camera haha. Pixie xx

Olivia Alesha January 25, 2017 - 8:44 PM

Thank you Pixie! I’m so happy that it was helpful to you.
-Olivia Xx

SGXSTYLING January 25, 2017 - 8:27 PM

This is a great post! I got a camera a few months back but I’m still trying to get use to it and all the different settings etc! Xx

Olivia Alesha January 25, 2017 - 8:30 PM

Thank you! Hopefully this post will help you figure out some of the settings!
-Olivia Xxx

sami January 25, 2017 - 8:22 PM

Haha, I can’t even explain how useful this really is! seriously! I really want to improve my photography skills and want to experiment more often! I love using VSCO Cam mainly for my photos if I edit them! sometimes even Photoshop! love this post girl! x

Olivia Alesha January 25, 2017 - 8:25 PM

Hehe thank you so much Sami! I love VSCO Cam too for my photos.
-Olivia Xx

Amber January 25, 2017 - 8:19 PM

This is helpful. Trying to improve my photography this year ?


Olivia Alesha January 25, 2017 - 8:25 PM

I’m so glad that you found this useful Amber!
-Olivia Xx

The Sunday Mode January 23, 2017 - 4:51 AM

This is such a good guide, about two years ago I was trying to find everything and anything I could about camera settings so that I could understand my camera on manual and I would’ve found this so helpful!

Julia // The Sunday Mode

Olivia Alesha January 23, 2017 - 4:08 PM

Awee thank you so much Julia! I also found it hard to figure out the settings on my camera so I hope that this helps some people out.
-Olivia Xx

Lauren January 22, 2017 - 5:24 PM

The photography on this post is so pretty! I only use my phone for pictures but I can’t wait to get my new camera and mess about with all those settings!
Lauren x

Olivia Alesha January 22, 2017 - 6:23 PM

Thank you so much Lauren! I normally use my camera for photos but all of the photos with my camera in shot were actually taken on my phone this time around. Ohh and let me know how your new camera is!
-Olivia Xxx


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