Chapter 2

Choosing Basic Picture Settings


check Picking an exposure mode

check Changing the shutter-release (Drive) mode

check Understanding the Image Quality setting (resolution and file type)

check Choosing the image aspect ratio

check Illuminating with flash

Every camera manufacturer strives to ensure that your initial encounter with the camera is a happy one. To that end, the default camera settings are designed to make it as easy as possible to take a decent picture the first time you press the shutter button. However, the default settings don’t produce optimal results in every situation. You may be able to shoot an acceptable portrait, for example, but adjusting a few options can greatly improve that picture.

So that you can start fine-tuning settings to match your subject, this chapter introduces you to four basic options: exposure mode, Drive mode, Image Quality, and Aspect Ratio. Additionally, the last part of the chapter discusses how to add flash and modify flash results. These aren’t ...

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