Update from Lake Tahoe and 3 Things Every Beginner Should Know About Camera Settings

Pabst Blue Ribbon at Sierra at Tahoe Ski Resort

Update from Lake Tahoe:

Thanks for tuning in. We’re currently at a Best Western in Lake Tahoe, about to go out and enjoy some sushi. After driving for about 4 hours we hit Sierra at Tahoe up for some skiing. It was epic. Lots of snow, not too crowded, and a really fun scene. I’m going to keep this one brief because there’ll be plenty more updates throughout the week and I don’t want to saturate your lovely heads with my droning. Anyways, on to the article:

3 Things Every Beginner Should Know About Camera Settings

  1. It’s almost always better to underexpose your photos rather than overexposing them. An underexposed photo, or a photo darker than is ideal, can be recovered and manipulated using programs like Adobe Lightroom. If you shoot in the Camera RAW format you can bring out some amazing details from a photo that looks practically “all black.” There are certainly times when an overexposed photo adds the right artsy touch or isolates the subject in a pleasing way, but the hard and fast rule is underexposure is better than overexposure due to the fact that overexposed details in a photo are not as easily recovered, even when shooting in the camera RAW format.
  2. Shutter Speed is your best friend. There are three major components to every photo: shutter speed, ISO (sensor sensitivity), and Aperture (the width of the opening on your lens). Shutter Speed is typically the easiest to adjust on your camera to get the right exposure without adding unwanted effects. Aperture and ISO have their own unique reasons why you might want to adjust them, such as depth of field for aperture and low light shooting with a higher ISO, but generally adjusting your shutter speed is going to allow you to expose your photos perfectly without changing the composition you’ve arranged.
  3. Check the settings used to achieve your images until you’re capable of knowing what ISO, shutter speed, and aperture you should use without needing to consult your camera. This is the hardest one. If you’re a complete beginner try referencing some guides about settings. Maybe try shooting on a film camera to get the hang of knowing ahead of time what settings you’ll be using. It’s a less streamlined experience, but slowing down when you’re taking photos is almost always a good thing and film has a special quality that’s hard to beat.

Well, that’s all for now. If you found this helpful please leave a comment or a like, it means the world to me. As always, have yourself a lovely day and thank you for reading.

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