Camera Settings

Turn On Hightlight and Shadow Warnings

Turn On Hightlight and Shadow Warnings

Now that you know how to use your histogram, lets look at another quick tip that goes along with it. If you see that a portion of your image is clipped, you may wonder how to know exactly what part of the image is blow out completely (overexposed), or which part is far too dark (underexposed). Most cameras now have a way to let you know right upon the image review.

The highlight and shadow warnings, often called “blinkies”, are an awesome tool to go along with the histogram. When they are turned on, your image will blink on all of the pixels that are either completely blown out, or completely in shadow. Some cameras will blink red for overexposure, and blue for underexposure. My Sony a6300 blinks black on the highlights and white on the shadows, so each camera may be a little different.

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Set Your Picture Style In-Camera, Even if You Are Shooting RAW

Set Your Picture Style In-Camera, Even if You Are Shooting RAW

Alright, today’s tip is short and sweet. Your camera likely has different “picture styles” to choose from somewhere in the image menu. This is the style that is applied to your image when shooting JPEG files. They have preset image settings like contrast, saturation, and sharpness to enhance the image for what you are shooting. These styles are typically labeled Landscape, Natural, Portrait, Vivid, B&W, and so on. However, if you shoot RAW files these settings do not get applied to the image since you will be doing the editing at the computer. So there is really no need to set a picture style in the camera if you are shooting in RAW though, right? Wrong.

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Make the Camera YOURS by Using Custom Functions

Make the Camera YOURS by Using Custom Functions

I know what you’re thinking. We’ve all said it before. A camera is a camera is a camera. You change a couple of settings, press a circle and a picture shows up on the rear LCD (and hopefully a good one!). You could pick up any camera and after a minute or so be snapping away just like it was your own. If that is the case there is a good chance that you’ve never dived far enough into the pits of your camera menus to find the Custom Function settings!

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RAW vs JPEG. What's the Difference?

RAW vs JPEG. What's the Difference?

One of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make regarding your images is choosing which file type for the camera to record. All DSLR/Mirrorless cameras will come with the option of recording the file as a RAW file or a JPEG. I’m not going to hit you with all of the technical details about what each file type is and how many bits and all that. I’m just going to explain it in layman’s terms and help you understand the difference and when it may be suitable to shoot in each type. There are advantages and disadvantages to each and we’ll cover those below.

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What is a Diopter, and how do I set it?

What is a Diopter, and how do I set it?

If you’ve ever wondered what that tiny dial attached to the outside of your viewfinder is, the one with the little +/- on it, well, you wouldn’t be alone. I’m constantly amazed by how few people actually take the time to make sure this is set correctly. The good thing is even if your diopter is completely out of whack it usually won’t have an impact on the outcome of your image.

So what is a diopter, and why is it important?

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Understanding Your Camera's Semi-Automatic Modes

Understanding Your Camera's Semi-Automatic Modes

Yesterday we talked about the exposure triangle, and understanding exactly what happens in the camera when you make an image. Today we are going to talk about the different automatic modes that come on most cameras. Each manufacture is a little bit different in their labeling of the three automatic shooting modes, so for this example I will stick to the big three companies: Canon/Nikon/Sony. Nikon and Sony share the same markings, while Canon is a little different. If your camera is a different brand, refer to your manual to verify which of the modes matches the descriptions listed below.

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Learn the Exposure Triangle

Learn the Exposure Triangle

How exactly does the camera get the exposure perfect every time (in optimal conditions, mind you), and what are those numbers that are constantly changing on my display before I press the shutter button to snap the photo? If you’re like most people out there, you had the exact same questions the first time you tried using a camera more advanced than a smartphone. Even compact cameras have come a long way and have become very capable little machines in recent years and many offer similar setting and options to professional level cameras! So lets look at what is really going on inside your camera to get you to that perfect exposure.

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