You should always change your camera setting based on the effect you are trying to achieve in the environment you are in. Whether that be manual or auto, it’s best to be in control of your camera – don’t let it control you. I thought I would share my own favourite this here photography blog and share the technical camera love.

But what camera setting do I use?

I have been shooting on the same camera setting for probably the last five years or so. Obviously there are situations when it needs to be changed to fit the environment and desired result, but I would say 95% of the time my camera is set to – AV.

The AV setting means it’s set to ‘Aperture Priority’. The aperture of the camera controls the size of the opening that light hits your camera sensor and in turn will change how much of your image is in focus. Those images that have a shallow focus where the background is blurred and the subject is in focus? That’s a large, shallow aperture. There’s a pretty good explanation here if you’re interested in finding out more.

I love this look. It just speaks to me.

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What AV does is allows you to manually set the aperture or ‘f stop’, and then the camera will work out the shutter speed that will create the correct exposure. You can either set your ISO to auto to make the whole thing work automagically (watch out for surprise grain) or set a manual ISO too.

I mostly shoot wide open (oo-er) so my f stop is usually set to it’s widest – in my case f1.4. It wouldn’t matter too much if the lighting conditions changed in between shots, because the camera works out the rest of the settings. It’s particularly good for photographing on your toes at an event or something similar, when you never know when a good shot will present itself.

On the other hand, if I want to make sure that everything is in focus, and I want to use f11 for example, it’s easy to just change that one setting.

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If you prefer to focus on your shutter speed above all else, there is also the setting TV. This works the same as AV but with the main setting being the shutter speed. This can be good if you are photographing something that’s moving a lot – such as animals, water, people jumping etc. and want to use a really fast shutter.

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Jas x


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