Back in the day, when I was a photography newbie fully overwhelmed and confused by my camera settings, what helped me finally start to grasp it all was studying examples.
Of course the first step is to understand your camera settings. If you haven’t began that journey yet, I have you covered. Check out my SUPER beginner-level tutorial on camera settings and dive into these three modules (videos included in all of them):
- Shutter Speed Explained for Photography Beginners: The Secret to Clear Photos
- Aperture Explained for Photography Beginners: The Secret to Background Blur
- ISO Explained for the Beginner Photographer: The Secret to Manual Mode
Once these terms start to trigger some sparks in your brain, seeing how they REALLY impact pictures is the next step to mastering your camera.
Snap This Way
Your camera settings directly effect movement blur (via shutter speed), background blur (via aperture), and clarity (via ISO); however, they also all effect another important element: Exposure. Exposure is the amount of light reaching your “film” or camera sensor.
As you review the following examples and the settings used, think about WHY the presented settings make sense and how they were adjusted to get the correct exposure.
Once you start to understand your settings and practice, everything will start to CLICK. You will be snapping this way in no time!
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