As a pro or amateur photographer, a DSLR camera can be a great device. When used, the device allows you to take great shots without much stress. But before you can get the expected results, it would help if you applied some settings.
You can get these settings from a chart. If you can’t find one, scroll through this article and get a proper chart for setting up your DSLR camera.
DSLR Camera Settings Chart and Guide
Here are the settings for taking different images in manual mode:
|Image||Aperture||ISO||Shutter Speed||Special Tips to Consider|
|Concert Photography||f/2.8 or wider||640 or higher||1/125 or faster||Use a Zoom lens with a wide aperture|
|Portrait Picture with a Blurred background||Widest Available||100/400||1/60 or choose a faster speed||Select Prime lens with a wide aperture, then add some space between the subject and its background|
|Pictures of Food||f/4 or wider||100/400||1/60 or faster||Stick with natural light but avoid sunlight|
|Bokeh Effect||f/4 or choose a wider aperture||100/400||1/60 or choose a faster speed|
|A picture with light trails||f/5.6 – f/11||100||10 – 15 seconds||Take the pictures with a tripod|
|Picture of the Stars||Select the widest aperture||800/6400||30 seconds or longer speed||Apply manual focus while using a tripod|
|Golden hour (the last hour before sunset and the first hour after sunrise)||f/16 for landscape||100/400||30 seconds or longer|
|Blurred Motion||f/8 – f/16||100/200||Choose a slower speed than 1/60||Pan along with your subject after placing your camera on the tripod|
|Macro Photo of Flower||f/5.6 – f/11||400/800||Choose Between 1/60 or faster||As you take the shot, use a macro lens and manual focus|
|Sunrise/Sunset||f/11||100/400||30 seconds or longer||Place the camera on a tripod and set the white balance to cloudy|
|Water Blur||f/22||100||1/15 or slower speed||As you take the shot, place the camera on a tripod. Then use the neutral density filter|
|Landscape Photos||f/11 – f/16||100||1/60 or faster speed||Capture more ground with wide angle lens|
What are the 3 Most Important Camera Settings?
On the DSLR camera, the 3 most important settings include the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. Now here are the definitions of each of these settings.
- The Shutter Speed is the length of time that light travels through the opening of the lens
- The Aperture is the size of the hole in the lens through which light travels
- ISO can be described as the level of sensitivity that travels through the lens
What is the Best ISO to Shoot At?
Choosing the best ISO depends on the type of shot that you would like to take. For instance, ISO 100 – 200 suits bright daylight shots while indoor shots with flash work with ISO 400 – 800. As for nighttime shots, set the ISO to 800 – 1600.
How Do I Use My DSLR Like a Pro?
Are you looking for an easy way to take professional pictures with your DSLR camera? If yes, you can use the following tips to improve your photography skills.
1. Hold the Camera with Both Hands
When taking shots with your DSLR camera, try to hold it with both hands. After all, both hands tend to stabilize the camera to get clearer pictures.
As you are using the camera, hold the hand grip with your right hand while placing the fingers over the shutter button. Then use your left hand to support the lens of the camera. If you have issues with holding your camera in position, stick with using a tripod.
2. Remember the Horizon Level
Before taking pictures with your camera, make sure that the horizon level stays balanced. If you ignore this setting, then you might end up with off-balanced images. To get the horizon level, use the markers found in the optical viewer of the camera.
3. Think About the Camera, Composition, and Colors
If you want to take better pictures, you will have to understand your camera, the composition, and the colors of your shot. For the best results, you should also have a decent knowledge of photo editing.
4. Use Light Properly
As you take shots with your camera, you should know to apply light for better images. You can start by taking pictures at the start and end of the day. Besides, try to shoot away from the light.
5. Practice Often
Before you can become a better photographer, it would help if you put in hours of practice. Start by understanding how your camera works as well as playing around ( with its settings) while taking random shots.