Cheat Sheet for the Perfect Camera Settings

May 24, 2016

Do you have a DSLR, but are unsure of the exposure settings on it? Here is a simple guide, or a cheat sheet if you may, to help you understand it better. So you can play around with it, to achieve your desired results.

Exposure settings, or the Exposure Triangle, comprise of three factors: The ISO, Shutter Speed, and Aperture. You can tweak these based upon the effect you wish to create, the location, and the situation.

ISO is the camera’s level of sensitivity to the available light.

Shutter Speed is the amount of time the camera’s shutter remains open. A long shutter speed may allow in a lot of light, but if the subject or anything in the background moves whilst its open, then you may just get a blurred photo.

Aperture is the diaphragm of the lens, and it works like our eyes. It opens and closes to let light through, and also to create Depth of Field. The various Aperture settings denotes the size of the opening.

Depth of Field means how many objects are allowed to be focused upon at the same time, in a single shot.

Now, for the Cheat Sheet.

  • Shutter Speed Settings:

In low light conditions- From 1/60 to 1/400

In bright conditions- From 1/400 to 1/1600


  • Aperture Settings:

Less Depth of Field- F1.4 to F5.6

More Depth of Field- F5.6 to F16


  • ISO Settings:

In bright conditions- 100 to 800

In low light conditions – 800 to 6400

By changing your settings with the help of the above stated rules, you can easily click some outstanding pictures and show it around to rave reviews

So, Happy Clicking!!

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