Chapter 4

Understanding Basic Picture Options

IN THIS CHAPTER

Taking your pick of exposure modes

Looking at shutter-release options

Selecting the right resolution (pixel count)

Comparing file types: JPEG, Raw, and more

Getting advice on a few more basic setup options

Chapter 3 walks you through the steps of setting up your camera to shoot in your camera's fully automatic modes, relying on the default settings for most picture-taking options. When you're ready to take a bit more control, this chapter helps you make sense of four critical camera settings you should check before every shoot: exposure mode, shutter-release mode, image resolution, and image file type (JPEG or Raw). In addition, the end of the chapter provides advice about some common camera-customization features.

Choosing an Exposure Mode

Your selection of exposure mode, sometimes called shooting mode, determines which other camera settings you can access. Depending on your camera, you may be able to choose from the following exposure modes:

  • Auto mode: This mode gives almost all control to the camera. You usually can adjust picture resolution, however, and select the other basic setup options outlined at the end of this chapter. See Chapter 3 for details on how to shoot in Auto mode.
  • Automatic scene modes: These modes enable you to tell the camera what type of picture you want to take — portrait, landscape, sports, and so on. The camera then selects settings designed to produce the traditional characteristics ...

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