This is page 4 of 4. "Best Camera Settings" begins here.

Another noteworthy tidbit.

With a slow film speed even if your shutter speed is fast, when shooting a quickly moving subject expect it to blur. I cannot explain this phenomenon. I just know it happens.

Panning can help but in my experience it just doesn’t work. The whole point here is to make sure you use 400 ISO and up for medium to fast moving subjects. And, if necessary, adjust your f-stop (aperture) accordingly.

If I find my pictures are coming out a little too dark or too bright I go to my EV settings and adjust that. Read about what's called exposure compensation here.

It takes a long winded explanation....

for the system explained on this page, but the system itself, once implemented is the simplest I have been able to come up with. Try it and see if it works for you. Once you have tried it my way for a time, customize it to your liking.

If you want a long depth of field this whole page has to be 86'd and go here instead. Long depth of field means that everything in your picture, foreground and background, is in focus.

If you are like me and don’t want to blindly use these settings without understanding what they are doing, click on any of the blue lettering. That will take you to the page describing each in detail.

This, once practiced, is the simple way. Unfortunately it is not a coverall. Many action shots will be lost by exclusively using program modes.

Manual mode will prevent losses like this. Learn about manual mode here.

Don’t be shy about it. It is not as difficult as it may seem. Once you are used to it, finding and using your own Best Camera Settings becomes second nature and happens in a matter of seconds.

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Once again, here are the links to the rest of the pages concerning camera settings and how to use each.

Aperture for Depth of field.

Burst to take a bunch of pictures in a row.

Digital camera programs covers fully automatic, shutter priority and aperture priority settings.

Film speed so you'll know when and why to increase or decrease your film speed.

Three interdependent variables are the three things you should understand in order to shoot the best you can.

Exposure is how bright or dark your pictures turn out.

Exposure compensation is a fine tuning adjustment for the exposure if your pictures are constantly too bright or dark.

Bracketing & HDRI serves two purposes. By bracketing you can make sure you get an exposure that will work after you are done with the post editing you choose. Bracketing is also necessary in order to use the High Dynamic Range Imaging sofware, which is essential to many beautiful photographs.

Flash When and why I choose to use it.

Landscape is for shooting scenes. Be sure to read the page on bracketing & HDRI before you shoot landscapes.

Manual mode is, by far, the best way to learn to shoot.

Rule of thirds will teach you basics of composition, and is very important to know.

Shutter speed adjustments make a huge difference when shooting moving objects.

Read this page for a great idea on how to practice your photography expertise.