“Ahh! It’s my DSLR. I cannot capture things the way I see them!”
If that’s the problem you are facing. Below are some basic tips that might help you figure your way through the camera to get optimum images.
Aperture value, ISO and shutter speed are three of the most important things to consider when capturing an image through a camera.
AV—aperture value. Aperture is the ‘size’ of the hole the light goes through when it passes the lens. Large apertures will let more light go through than small apertures. Shutter speed or ‘exposure time’ is the amount of time you let your camera shutter remain open to allow light into the camera sensor. If the shutter speed is fast, it can help to freeze action completely. If the shutter speed is slow, it can create an effect called motion blur, where moving objects appear blurred. ISO is the level of sensitivity of your camera to available light. The lower the ISO number, the less sensitive it is to the light, while a higher ISO number increases the sensitivity of your camera. If you keep the sensitivity lower, you will get a clearer, less grainy image.
Creative auto is a cool feature to use at any point of time when you are clueless about what setting to fix or you are in a hurry. The creative auto setting takes care of your ISO, AV and other camera settings to provide an optimum image when you click.
A+ Scene Intelligent Auto is another of those automatic shooting modes, since it analyses
the scene you are capturing and picks the correct camera settings for it, giving the picture good light.
Within the camera you can even adjust settings for what you would like to blur in the image. It could happen such that you would like to blur a closer image and clarify something that’s further off in the frame. Take, for example, a ghost film where we focus on the character initially and then blur them and focus on the ghost right behind them.
Creative filters are a great way to edit your images superficially on the camera itself. Some of these effects include toy camera, miniature, grainy black & white and fisheye.
Wireless flash is an option in the ‘flash control’ settings of your camera wherein you can control your flashguns remotely and won’t have to use your inbuilt flash. Camera angles and shot sizes are of equal importance along with all these settings.
TIP: If you keep your aperture, ISO and shutter speed for a close up image you can create the best result.
Of course, all these are small tips to help you use your camera to its best capabilities. You can, however, manually choose your own settings depending on the scene you wish to capture. You can manually set your camera focus, shutter speed, lighting, etc.
These tips won’t make you a pro with your camera, but it will give you the starter push you need to get ahead. Try it.