Understanding the Settings on Your DSLR

Understanding the Settings on Your DSLR

Digital cameras have been in use for a long time. Although they have automatic settings, their manual option allows you to manipulate the settings allowing you to capture the most preferred image. Common DSLRs like Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm, and many others have common features that you can adjust to have the best in photography and film.

What to adjust in the DSLR settings?


This setting affects your camera’s sensitivity to light. Measured in numbers, ISO ranges from 100-6500 or even more. The higher the ISO, the more the light sensitivity and vice-versa. However, keep in mind that too much light can generate noise to your image. Set your ISO at around 200 during the day but you can increase the number when it becomes dark to add more light to the image.

Shutter speed

As you adjust ISO, there is the amount of time your camera is exposed to the light. Shutter speed controls the time in a fraction of seconds measurement. The more the fraction, the faster the shutter speed thus exposing your camera in a short time. If you need a well-lit image, use a lower shutter speed. But remember, more shutter speed stabilizes your image even in motion.


Although you cannot see this setting, your camera has blades on the lens that regulate the opening of the hole on the lens. More light is allowed into your camera when the hole is fully open and vice versa. Measured in f-stops, you can adjust to the best requirement depending on the light you need. You can also decide and regulate the focus by changing the aperture. Use a lower aperture when you want a blurry background and a higher aperture when you want every detail clear in your frame.

White balance

 Available on even smartphone cameras, this setting will give the color to your image thus aiding in communicating the mood of the image. You can choose from the available vary depending on the lighting on set and what you want to achieve with the image.

Movie settings

After having your camera on movie mode, you need to set according to the requirements. You can choose to film your film at 1080p or 720p depending on the frame size you prefer. Set the number of frames to be captured per second. For common shots, shoot at 24 frames per second but shoot at 60 frames per second if you need a slow-motion film in the end.

Although there are still more settings for a DSLR camera, you need to have the mentioned aspects at your fingertips. A high-quality image needs to look great even before editing to help ease the post-production process.