The correct settings for the system camera

Spend a lot of money and then just use the automatic. Not a good idea with cameras. It is not that difficult to get the desired image effects.

Overstrained instead of unbridled creativity in the settings of the new camera? It doesn’t have to be: If you want to “paint with light” – and photography means nothing else – you only have to familiarize yourself with the most important setting options in order to then change the picture in the desired direction.

Many rely on the automatic system for the system camera

When setting up the camera, it is important not to start too complicated. So that they don’t lose interest right away, beginners can leave the interplay of aperture and exposure time, which is somewhat complicated for newcomers, to the outside in front of and in front of the camera. To do this, choose the P position for automatic programming on the program wheel.

Readjust the settings of the camera

The camera then suggests a combination of aperture and exposure time, which can still be adjusted. The camera also automatically sets the index for the light sensitivity (ISO number) and the white balance for the color temperature. If necessary, the brightness of the image can also be corrected using the exposure correction.

An example where it is worth readjusting the brightness: Bright objects in a dark environment can quickly be overexposed due to the high contrast. According to the information, it helps here to darken a bit with the exposure correction, by about two levels.

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The right aperture for the right moment

The aperture is one of the most important settings for the camera. If you want the background to disappear in blur – for example in a portrait – you have to work with the aperture wide open, which corresponds to the lowest possible f-number (f). The exposure time must not be too long so that the face does not blur.

If you want to capture fast movements and choose an exposure time that is too long, you will reap a blurred motif. Here it is important to freeze the respective movement with the shortest possible exposure time.

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The abbreviations for the camera settings at a glance

In addition to the automatic program, a camera naturally offers many other settings. And that is what the other common abbreviations on the program wheel (left side) of system cameras mean:

M (manual mode)

You can adjust aperture, exposure time, iso number and other settings yourself.

S (shutter time preset)

Only the exposure time can be set and the camera automatically selects the appropriate aperture.

A (aperture)

Only the aperture is set by the user and the camera adds a suitable exposure time.

iA (intelligent automatic)

Aperture, exposure time and ISO number are set automatically and can no longer be changed.

C1,2, etc. (user settings)

Here you can save your own, often used settings in the camera and call them up directly.

Another rotary knob on the right side of the camera is there to change the settings mentioned above. For the exposure correction (+/-), the white balance (WB for white balance) and the setting of the light sensitivity (ISO) there is usually a small button each.

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