Chapter 2

Choosing Basic Picture Settings


check Spinning the Mode dial

check Changing the shutter-release (Drive) mode

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

check Illuminating with flash

Every camera manufacturer strives to ensure that your first encounter with the camera is a happy one. To that end, the camera’s default (initial) settings are selected to make it easy to take a good picture the first time you press the shutter button. At the default settings, your camera works about the same way as any point-and-shoot camera you may have used in the past: You compose the shot, press the shutter button halfway to focus, and then press the button the rest of the way to take the picture.

Although you can get a good photo using the default settings in many cases, they’re not designed to give you optimal results in every situation. You may be able to take a decent portrait, for example, but probably need to tweak a few settings to capture action. Adjusting a few options can help turn that decent portrait into a stunning one, too.

So that you can start fine-tuning ...

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