MASTER CAMERA SETTINGS: Aperture, Shutter Speed & ISO

MASTER CAMERA SETTINGS: Aperture, Shutter Speed & ISO



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Over *50* sample images with settings–but more importantly–the process behind HOW to pick camera settings that give you SHARP, CREATIVE, CLEAN, and PROPERLY EXPOSED pictures EVERY TIME! I discuss when to use Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual Mode.

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27 thoughts on “MASTER CAMERA SETTINGS: Aperture, Shutter Speed & ISO”

  1. Thank you for the video Tony! Just ordered your book. Are you the Longhorns fan? We lived in Fort Worth for a little while when we immigrated to the States.

  2. boorriingg! is what a noob would say; but this tutorial is amazing, thanks, also planning to buy Nikon D5300, should i go for it in 2018?

  3. I really really enjoyed this video. More so because I just bought a real camera and finally getting into hands on photography. Bookmarked this video for reference too. Been a subscriber for at least a year and only owned my iPhone for photos. In that time I slowly learned more about photography and cameras from your videos, though a lot of it goes over my head, yet slowly learned each video. However, videos like this are a massive step up in fundamental learning and understanding for camera work which I truly appreciate more. Taking the time in the video to “show” what you mean with the various inserted photos and camera settings helps a lot for someone like me to understand things basic and fundamental to photography. Really enjoyed it.

  4. Very Nice, thank you for the information. I purchased a Nikon P1000 and want to take advantage of it’s wide range of features. I’ve jumped out of auto mode and it’s not that bad to comprehend. Appreciate you taking time to go over the settings and uses.

  5. Mr Northrup I am 67 I love taking pictures I have been taking pictures of my Grand-kids doing High school Basketball and Soccer. I just brought a canon 80 D I use 70-200f/2.8 II IS and 24-70 f2.8 II do you have a Video on setting for these two lenses and this camera. Or a book on different setting for my 89D and these lens. I am about you tube burn out. can you please help me on these. DelRae

  6. As a disabled man recently, from a stroke I now have limited movement in my hands. Plus I am wheelchair bound. Having said that I try hard to take the shots of the things I enjoy. This video has helped me to do what I do how I want to do it, while the able bodied scoff, as well as ignore
    .thank you

  7. hey tony i know this got nothing to do with the video, but needed to ask you something.Just getting into photography been about 7 months i shoot other stuff like maternity events birthdays portraits etc. But main thing i want to get into is wedding photography but how can i if nobody knows anything. I got a website got business cards talk bout it on fb. it takes trust for somebody to book you but how could you if you only did one wedding.

  8. Lol the only way any of what you are saying matters if you trying to be a professional photographer and make money and that takes all the fun out off it when you make it a job

  9. Thanks so much you have a great teaching ability! I love how you speak clearly and slowly, and keep reassuring the student. Being me, I need that. I'm learning so much so fast, and been lucky enough to have friends who bear with me being slow and new and I get some pretty nice portraits but its just such a difference compared to shooting landscapes and still life. Subscribing!

  10. great tips Tony, I started in photography 8 years ago and you were the one I always followed the most.and have 2 of your books . I was one of those photographers who was always overthinking and shooting in manual mode, so since im doing more portraits now i shoot 90% aperture priority with my Nikon D750 . Thank You again for all the help you give us

  11. Follow all your valuable videos Tony, thanks. One setting no-one seems to deal with however is metering mode. I shoot a lot in Av and would like some advice on which metering mode is best, particularly for flight shots. Spot, centre-weighted average, evaluative or partial. How do you set yours?

  12. Exposure compensation does not apply for manual mode right…it's only for P S A Auto modes(Nikon) …?pls confirm this anyone …or if it applies to manual mode too what does exposure compensation change to get higher or lower exposure

  13. Remove the overload and simply ask yourself for this particular kind of shot where do I actually want each of my points on the exposure triangle to be: This is basically what you describe throughout your video. Yes you do need to be familiar with a wide variety of shooting situations to get a proper feel for which settings to use, but you can get a feel quickly and remember good starting points. You also have to be aware of what your focal length does to your requirements, and how flash affects auto-ISO if you use it.

    ISO is easy. Usually as low as possible. If you have a good camera with decent noise performance you often have the most leeway here.
    Aperture. You covered a lot of situations what you want it to be. I won't rehash.
    Shutter. Likewise you covered various kinds of shots where you want it to be.

    If you need to control all 3 shoot manual, with manual ISO.
    Work out what you care about and what you want the camera to compensate with. Lock down what you care about.
    For example if you care most about
    – Aperture and shutter: manual with auto ISO.
    – Aperture and ISO: Aperture priority, manual ISO.
    – Aperture only: Aperture, auto ISO.
    – Shutter and ISO: Shutter, manual ISO.
    – Shutter only: Shutter, auto ISO.
    – Just want to casually shoot, let the camera do the work but I might want to override something: Program.

    With the auto ISO you want to take advantage of the settings. Some cameras let you specify a minimum shutter speed at which the auto ISO will kick in.

    Astrophotography is more challenging than you described. You have to achieve proper focus and you want to turn off noise reduction and preferably shoot dark frames. Also might want to go with manual white balance for consistency. Eventually learning to stack photos is useful.

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