DSLR Camera Settings
Here you will find information on how to use your DSLR camera settings, including manual and auto modes. It is also useful for those with mirrorless CSC cameras (Compact System Cameras) or point and shoots where you are able to adjust and manipulate settings such as aperture, shutter speed and ISO.
If you have just purchased your first DSLR camera, you will be looking for some good tips on how to use it. Digital SLRs are great, however they also have many more settings to learn. Listed below are a selection of our best tips helping you to better understand your DSLR camera settings.
Manual DSLR Camera Settings
Advice for Beginners
The first time you try your digital SLR camera, use fully automatic settings.
If you are a beginner to SLR photography, you should simply enjoy using it and get a good feel for how to handle it. The best way to do this is to set it on fully automatic. Look for a symbol on your camera's mode dial that looks like a rectangle. When your camera is on automatic, all important settings such as ISO, Aperture and exposure are made for you, taking out the guess work.
When your camera is set on automatic, it's also recommended that your lens is set on automatic focus. That is if it has that option. If your lens has an option for automatic focus you will notice on the side of it letters AF.
Beginner Tip for focusing: Always press your shutter button half way down, then once it focuses correctly press it the rest of the way down. ie focusing and taking the shot is always a two step process.
Six automatic settings you will find on your digital SLR camera:
The following DSLR settings are found on most camera models. However, depending on your camera brand, some may not be available.
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