Eight Key Points to Avoid the Mistake of Camera Setting
- Oct 23, 2019
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It is a good way to get more creative shooting by boldly trying different shooting modes and features of the camera. However, when you change the camera's default settings, you tend to forget to restore them, and the next time you shoot under completely different conditions, continue to use the previous settings, which may lead to serious mistakes in shooting.
You probably don't think it's a big problem - when you preview the photos and find that they're not set correctly, just reset the camera once! But what if you happen to encounter a once-in-a-lifetime decisive moment? Such a small mistake can make you regret a lot, so it is very important to pay attention to the details of the camera settings.
Keep in mind: Reset the camera
The best way to avoid such tragedies is to develop a good habit of resetting the camera to the most commonly used settings after each shot or before putting it back in your bag. Common settings are not equivalent to universal settings, but the basic settings, such as ISO values and driving modes, can ensure that in most shooting scenarios there are no major errors.
In addition to the camera settings, it's best to check the switches and settings of other important devices, such as flash and lens, in the same way. In this way, they can be kept on standby at any time without having to adjust the settings in a hurry.
But if you accidentally forget to do these preparations, you will encounter problems during the shooting. Here are eight items that need to be "diagnosed" first.
01 photometry mode set as point photometry
If you find that the exposures of each photo are different, especially when moving the camera, check the photometric mode. It is likely that the point photometry is used, and then the average photometry can be switched.
More than 02 pictures show dirty spots
This is most likely due to dust on sensors inside the fuselage, not lenses. Small apertures such as f/16 are particularly noticeable, especially in large areas of pure color such as the sky.
03 Focus Set to Manual Mode
If you're half-shutter ready to shoot, but the camera doesn't start focusing at all, you're likely to set the camera or lens to manual mode. You need to set the focus mode to single focus or continuous focus mode according to the subject matter.
Self-timer delay in 04 drive mode
After using self-timer delay, it is better to adjust the camera drive mode back to single shooting or continuous shooting mode. Otherwise, you are likely to miss the next shot because when you press the shutter, the camera will only start reading seconds without releasing the shutter immediately.
05 ISO value is too high or too low
When shooting in low light environment, we often raise the ISO value, but it is common to forget to switch back. This is not an unforgivable mistake, but it may damage your image quality and limit your shutter speed or aperture range when shooting in a brighter environment.
06 Memory Card Unformatted
If you forget to delete the photos in the memory card or do not have a pre-formatted memory card, you may have just taken a few photo cards full. Therefore, it is necessary to develop a good habit of exporting photos immediately after the day of shooting. After confirming that the photo has been transferred and backed up, format the memory card to prepare for the next shooting.
Glare in 07 backlight shooting
Glare can reduce the overall contrast of the picture, or form bright spots in the picture, interfering with the picture. Both types of glare are usually caused by dust, smudges or fingerprints on the lens or filter. Such glare can be avoided by keeping the lens and filter clean. However, if you are shooting in the sun, even the cleanest lens can produce glare.
08 Forget to Zero Exposure Compensation
The use of exposure compensation can easily compensate for the shortcomings of automatic photometric results in various shooting modes. However, if you find that your photos are always under-exposed or over-exposed, the first thing you need to check is the exposure compensation settings to see if it was set at +or-value in the last shot and not restored.
TIP: User-defined settings allow users to store custom modes in many cameras. Store your commonly used parameters in a custom mode, and you can call them more quickly to avoid shooting errors.