Digital camera tips: 1. Always reset your camera settings
There are few things worse than taking what you think is a stunning picture, only to find your camera light and saturation were cranked right up from a
previous shoot and you’ve missed the moment. Avoid this by checking – and resetting – all of your settings before moving from one picture-taking opportunity to the next.
Digital camera tips: 2. Format, not erase
Formatting your memory card wipes it clean and rewrites any previous camera information. Erasing your images does not. So always format your cards to minimise the risk of any data corruption.
Digital camera tips: 3. Charge your batteries
Don’t assume your camera’s battery is fully charged – make sure it is. Charge it before you go out so you’re certain there’s enough life in it, and invest in a spare battery if you regularly find yourself shooting beyond its capacity.
Digital camera tips: 4. Set the image size
Most times you’ll be shooting at the highest resolution your camera offers, regardless of what it is you’re photographing. But do you always need to? Sometimes a smaller image size might be all you need, and reducing the resolution not only means more images will fit on a memory card, but you can achieve a faster shooting rate, too. If sports photography is your thing, reducing the resolution will help you avoid delays as your camera clears its buffer.
Digital camera tips: 5. Raw, JPEG or both?
If you intend to do any manipulation or retouching, shooting raw is often the best solution thanks to its increased bit depth.However, raw files are larger, so take longer for the camera to deal with, and you also need to process them before they can be printed. JPEG files, on the other hand, are processed in-camera at the time of shooting, so you can print or share them immediately.
Digital camera tips: 6. Hand-held or tripod mounted?
The simple act of setting up your camera on a tripod will slow you down, and this can be enough to make you concentrate a little harder on what it is you’re photographing and what you hope to achieve. At the same time, locking your camera down for every shot you take can reduce your spontaneity, so don’t be afraid to mix it up from time to time. If you religiously use a tripod, set out without it and see what happens, and if you normally travel without one, take it with you to see how slowing yourself down affects the results you get
Digital camera tips: 7. Impromptu camera supports
You don’t necessarily need a tripod to hold your camera steady – supporting it against a wall or tree will help you avoid camera shake, and a beanbag (or just a bag of rice) can also give you a more stable shooting platform.
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