TOP 10 DIGITAL CAMERA SETTINGS WORKSHEET
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TOP 10 DIGITAL CAMERA SETTINGS WORKSHEET
Would you like help understanding your digital camera settings?
When looking at a digital camera with all the different settings, dial, buttons and symbols it can be overwhelming. With so many settings how do you know where to you start?
The Top 10 Digital Camera Settings Worksheet is a great place to start. It will help you learn how to use your digital camera’s settings to get the most out of your camera and have more fun taking better photos.
How to Find Settings and More: You will also learn how to search for settings in your PDF camera manual, how settings are laid out on a digital camera, how to reset your digital camera settings if you mess them up and more.
RESET SETTINGS PAGE
This worksheet also has a second page that shows you how to reset your digital cameras settings if you mess them up.
TOP 10 DIGITAL CAMERA SETTINGS WORKSHEET
The Top 10 Digital Camera Settings worksheet will help you learn:
1. Which settings are the most important ones on your digital camera.
2. Where the settings are located on your camera.
3. What buttons and dials you must press and turn to set them
4. Which icon or abbreviation on the button or screen goes with which setting.
Location, Page # and Button: On the Top 10 Digital Camera Settings worksheet there is a line for each setting to write where the setting is located on the camera. There is also a line to list the page number in the camera manual where the setting is found and a line to write which button you must press or dial you must turn to change the setting.
● Your Own Words: You are writing in your own words where the settings are found and how to set them which will be easier for you to understand than how they are written in the camera manual.
● Write or Type: You can print out the worksheet and write the information on it. We’ve also created the worksheet so that you can type the information into it and then print it out.
● Draw or Write: You may also want to draw the symbol or write the abbreviation for the setting as it appears on your digital camera on the worksheet.
DOWNLOAD THE WORKSHEET
To download the Top 10 Digital Camera Settings Worksheet you can click on the image of the worksheet on the screen or the download button.
You can also download the Top 10 Digital Camera Settings Worksheet by going to EasyPhotoClass.com, clicking on Photo Tips in the menu and clicking on the image of the Top 10 Digital Camera Settings worksheet.
TOP 10 DIGITAL CAMERA SETTINGS
The Top 10 Digital Camera Settings worksheet covers settings like White Balance which controls your image color and Drive Modes which let you shoot single shot or continuously.
The TOP 10 DIGITAL CAMERA SETTINGS are:
1. Drive/Release Modes: The settings that let you take one photo, take continuous photos and use the self timer.
2. White Balance: The setting that controls color in different types of lighting.
3. ISO: The sensitivity to light setting for taking photos in bright light to low light.
4. Image Quality: The setting for JPEG or Raw and different levels of image quality.
5. Shooting Modes: The setting for taking photos in Auto, Scene, Program, Shutter & Aperture Priority and Manual.
6. Light Metering: The setting for Evaluative, Center weighted and Spot metering to measure light.
7. Exposure Compensation: The setting to adjust exposure when the light meter gets fooled.
8. Focus Mode: The setting for focusing on still and moving subjects.
9. Focus Point Selection: The setting to let the camera choose where to focus or manually choose the focus area.
10. Review Images: The setting to be able to review images after taking them.
10 DAY CHALLENGE
To learn these settings you may want to do the 10 Day Challenge. If you take 10 minutes a day to learn a new setting, in 10 days you will know your digital camera much better.
You can also spend an evening or an afternoon to learn the top 10 Digital Camera Settings all at once.
CAMERA MANUAL SETTINGS SEARCH
Your Camera Manual is a Treasure Map. Camera manuals are generally confusing as far as how to use the settings but great for finding out where the settings are located on the camera and what buttons and dials you have to press and turn to set them.
One of the great things about an electronic PDF camera manual is that you can search it automatically.
Settings Search Box: Clicking on the magnifying glass at the top of the page in the PDF menu will bring up a search box that you can type the name of the setting in and it will show you every place that that setting appears in the camera manual.
Drawing of Camera Body: Most camera manuals have a drawing of the camera body in the front of the manual that has the names of the settings with lines showing where they’re located on the camera.
This illustration is great to be able to learn what each setting on the camera does as well as the dials. It helps you learn which button goes with which setting.
Specific Search Names: It also can help with certain settings to see what name the camera manufacturer uses for that setting when you’re typing it into the Search box to search the PDF camera manual.
Icons and Abbreviations: If there is an icon or abbreviation of letters on a button or next to it or in the Quick Menu screen you may want to write or draw it on the Top 10 Digital Camera Settings worksheet as well. Sometimes a setting is shown by an icon so it’s helpful to know which icon goes with which setting.
Back Screen Drawing: You may also want to look for a drawing of the back screen on your digital camera which is usually just a few pages after the camera body drawing pages. The back screen drawing can help you learn where the settings are located on the screen on your camera and what the icon or abbreviation is for the setting on the screen.
PAPER vs. PDF CAMERA MANUAL
More Info in PDF Manual: It used to be camera manuals were really thick. Now the paper manuals are thinner but generally don’t have all the information that the electronic PDF camera manual you get on the CD with your camera has.
Download Camera Manual: If you don’t have the PDF manual you can generally download it from the camera manufacturers website. When you go to the camera manufacturers website there’s generally a search box in it.
If you type in Download Camera Manual and then the model of camera that you have generally that will start you on the path of finding where your camera manual is on their website to allow you to download it.
Print on Inkjet: Now some people also print out the PDF camera manual on their inkjet printer so they have a paper copy of it as well.
Download to Cell Phone: If you travel you may want to download the PDF electronic camera manual to your cell phone or tablet for quick reference.
QUICK MENUS BUTTONS
Center Button: The quick menu is found in different places on different cameras. Pressing the button in the center of the navigation wheel is where you find the quick menu on some cameras.
Press Set or OK: On some digital cameras simply setting the setting changes it. On others you must press the Set or OK button after changing the setting to make that setting take place.
Function/Quick Menu Buttons: If you see Fn on a button it means Function and often has a Quick Menu in it. Some cameras have multiple Fn buttons with different Quick Menus inside them.
On a Nikon camera the Quick Menu us often a button with an i on it. It is usually a lower case i with a dot on it that is in italics. The i stands for information.
On a Canon digital camera the Quick Menu is generally a button with a Q on it standing for Quick Menu.
Appear and Activate: On some digital cameras pressing the Quick Menu button once will make the Quick Menu appear but you must press it twice to activate it.
Some digital cameras are more button based and some are more Quick Menu based and some are a combination of both so you’ll need to use your camera manual to find out where the settings are located on your digital camera.
Current or Future Cameras: Now on some digital cameras some of these settings may be automated and you won’t be able to change them. Even though these settings may be automated on your current camera they may be on a camera you buy in the future so they’re still good to know.
Depending on your digital camera there may be a couple more settings or buttons on the camera or in the Quick Menu. If there are learning these Top 10 Digital Camera Settings first will only leave a couple more to learn.
Camera Confidence: Being able to look at your digital camera and know what the settings are on the buttons and the back screen and how to use them is a great feeling and makes photography a lot more fun.
HOW TO RESET YOUR CAMERAS SETTINGS
Now after learning where the settings are located and what you have to do to adjust them, you may want to experiment with the different settings to see what they do. If you start playing with these different digital settings there’s a good chance that you’re going to get some of them messed up.
Reset Camera Settings Page: The Top 10 Digital Camera Settings Worksheet has more than one page. The first page is the Top 10 Digital Camera Settings Worksheet. If you scroll down the second page is how to reset your digital camera to the original settings the way it came from the factory.
Freedom and Forgiveness: I call it the Freedom and Forgiveness setting. It gives you the freedom to explore your digital camera settings and forgiveness if you mess them up.
Quick Fix: If you are on vacation or in the middle of a photo shoot and something gets messed up and you don’t know how to fix it knowing where this setting is located in the menu on your digital camera can be very helpful.
Would not Focus: I was doing a one on one session with a person who had gone on YouTube and tried all these different things that they saw there and messed up their digital camera so bad it wouldn’t even focus. They were going to send it into repair. I reset the settings to the original settings from the manufacturer and it focused again.
Dark Photos: I had another person whose camera was shooting really dark photos because of a setting they’d messed up. They tried everything they could figure and nothing would work. After resetting the camera to the factory settings the problem was solved.
Every Digital Camera: Every digital camera has a Reset or Clear setting in the menu. It is usually found in the Shooting menu or the Setup menu inside the Main menu and usually towards the back of that setting. On your digital camera it may be located somewhere else.
● It is usually called Reset or Clear but may be called something different on your camera as well so you’ll have to look in your camera manual to find where this setting is.
CAMERA SETTING LAYOUT
With all the settings on a digital camera how do you tell which settings are the Top 10 most important settings? The top 10 settings are the ones most often used when taking photos. They are generally located in the quick menu or on a button so that they can be changed quickly.
So let’s take a look at how this works. The secret to knowing which settings are the most important is knowing how a digital camera is laid out and how they arrange the settings.
MAIN MENU, QUICK MENU OR BUTTON
Most digital cameras have a Main menu where most of the settings can be found. In the main menu there are 3 steps to changing a setting.
First you press the Menu button.
Second you scroll to the type of menu that you want choosing from the Review, Shooting, Setup and other menus inside the Main menu. It’s like having a menu and a sub menu.
Third once you find the right menu you must scroll down to find the setting that you want.
With the Quick Menu there are two steps.
First press the Quick Menu button to bring up the Quick Menu. (On some cameras you must press it once to see the menu and again to activate the menu.)
Second navigate to the setting that you want to change.
Less Settings: This is simpler than the main menu as you don’t have to find the sub menu and the quick menu leaves out some of the other settings that are in the main menu so there are less settings to go through.
● The settings in the quick menu are the settings that are used the most often when shooting to help you change them quickly.
Buttons have one step.
First you press the button and that setting comes up.
● Using a button is the quickest way to get to a setting that you want to change. The most important settings get buttons, there is no menu to go through and you go straight to the setting.
● Settings on buttons may be included in the Quick and Main menu. Quick Menu settings are often found in the Main Menu as well. Some digital cameras have multiple Quick Menus.
FRONT DESK, ASSISTANT, PERSON
I compare the Main Menu to calling someone at a business where you get the front desk, are transferred to the persons assistant and then get to talk to the person that you want to talk to. The quick menu is like calling and going to the assistant and then the person you’re calling. A button is like calling and getting the person directly.
Most Often Used: So the Top 10 Settings are the most used settings that people want to be able to change quickly when taking photos and are put in the quick menu or on buttons to make them quicker to get to than going into the main menu.
Specialty Settings: After learning the Top 10 Settings you can explore some of the other settings in your cameras menu. Some settings are like the time and date where you set them once and they’re set. Some of the other settings are for really specific settings which a lot of people may never use but are included to make every possibility available.
DO WORKSHEET BEFORE DOING WORKSHOP
If you are going to take a photography workshop doing this worksheet first is a great idea.
Worksheet First: I send this worksheet out to people taking my digital camera workshop before the workshop and it really helps. Knowing where the settings are and how to change them will make the workshop less overwhelming and keep your brain fresher to learn how to use them.
In universities it is known as flipping the course.
A professor will send out the course information and assignments to have students go over the material and do the assignments before they come to class. This makes the class time much more effective and increases learning.
Less Strain = More Brain: Having to learn where 10 different settings are located and the dial and the button you must press or turn to be able to change them can add some stress to a workshop. Doing this worksheet first will help you refine your questions and spend your brain energy learning about the settings not where they are found.
Knowing where settings are located on your camera, what you must do to set them and having played with the settings before the workshop makes it so much easier and you get so much more out of the workshop. It also can make you one of the smarter people in the workshop.
As an instructor it is always nice when someone does the worksheet ahead of class and knows where these settings are found and how to set them on their digital camera.
SUBJECT SPECIFIC WORKSHOPS
If you take a specific subject workshop like Food photography, Wedding photography, Landscape photography, etc. They’re generally going to be teaching about how to photograph the subject not camera settings.
Feeling Lost: I talked with a person who had taken a Food photography workshop and said that people were talking about the different settings like White Balance and different things and they felt really lost because they didn’t have a clue about what people were talking about.
Help Them Help You: Now if you are in a group of people who are discussing these different settings knowing where the settings are located on your digital camera and how to set them makes it easier for someone else to help you understand that setting.
One of the hardest things with any project is getting started.
Someday: A lot of people say, “Well you know someday I’m going to take a camera workshop.” and someday can be weeks, months or even years in the future.
7 Years: I had one person in one of my workshops say that they had bought their digital camera when their daughter was born to try to get great photos of her growing up. They said “My daughter is now 7 and I decided it was time for me to learn how to use my digital camera.”
Someday or Today: Someday can be weeks, months or even years in the future. Today is now. You can download this worksheet today to start taking better photos after learning these Top 10 Digital Camera Settings.
You can also download the Top 10 Digital Camera Settings Worksheet by going to EasyPhotoClass.com, clicking on Photo Tips in the Menu and clicking on the Top 10 Camera Settings worksheet.
DIGITAL CAMERA SETTINGS WORKSHOP
While camera manuals are helpful for finding where the settings are and what buttons to push and dials to turn to set them they can be confusing when it comes to what the settings do and where to set them in different situations.
If you want to learn what the settings do and how to use them. We suggest our Digital Camera Settings Made Easy workshop.
The Digital Camera Settings Made Easy workshop teaches what the settings do and where to set them for different photography situations as well as the setting that we suggest for everyday photo taking. You’ll learn what each of these Top 10 Digital Camera Settings does plus more settings and camera tips.
Current and Future Cameras: Learning how to use these digital camera settings will help you with the digital camera that you own today as well as digital cameras that you own in the future. It’s a lifetime photography skill. Knowledge is always your best camera accessory.
You can click here to learn more about our Digital Camera Settings Made Easy workshop or go to EasyPhotoClass.com, click on workshops and then click on the Digital Camera Settings Made Easy cover to learn more about it.
5 DSLR WORKSHOPS
We also have digital camera workshops for the five best selling digital SLR camera models of the last 15 years that show where the settings are located and how to set them as well. If you bought your Digital SLR at Costco it was probably one of these camera models.
Digital SLR camera models don’t change that much with each new version. Generally the buttons are pretty much in the same place and the menu is laid out pretty much the same as well. So these workshops will work with older models of the camera as well as newer ones.
These 5 workshops include:
The Canon T6 Made Easy workshop which also works with the Canon T5, T4, and T3 models
The Canon 80D Made Easy workshop which also works with the 70D, 60D and 50D
The Nikon D3400 Made Easy workshop which also works with the D3300, D3200 and D3100
The Nikon D5500 Made Easy workshop which also works with the D5300, D5200 and D5100
The Nikon D7200 Made Easy workshop which also works with the D7100 and D7000
MORE PHOTO TIPS
Clicking on Photo Tips in the EasyPhotoClass.com menu will take you to a page where in addition to our Top 10 Digital Camera Settings Worksheet, you can download the Exposure Quick Reference Card, ISO Image Noise Test, Digital Camera Buying Worksheet and Image Sensor Size Chart.
● The Exposure Quick Reference Card will help you understand your digital cameras ISO, Shutter speed and Aperture settings which are the settings that you use to stop action, blur backgrounds and take photos in low light.
● The ISO Image Noise Test helps you understand ISO image noise and what it looks like at low and high ISO settings on your digital camera.
● The Digital Camera Buying Worksheet helps you decide which camera is best for you.
● The Image Sensor Size Chart is also helpful if you’re looking at different digital cameras and you’re comparing different image sensor sizes in the different cameras.
GREAT PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS
If you’d like to take your photography to the next level we also have some great photography workshops. Clicking on Workshops in the EasyPhotoClass menu will take you to a page where you can click on the different workshops to learn more about them.
● The Exposure Made Easy photography workshop will help you understand how to use different combinations of ISO, Shutter speed and Aperture settings to stop action, blur backgrounds and take photos in low light.
● The Creative Photography Made Easy workshop will help you learn how to see creatively and develop your creative eye to take amazing photographs that make people say Wow,
● Product Photography Made Easy is a great workshop if you sell products on the internet. It will help you take great product shots to make both your product and your company look more successful online and increase sales.
● Our Headshot Photography Made Easy workshop will help you take great headshots to help people and companies make a great first impression online.
GIVING WORKSHOPS AS GIFTS
You can buy our workshops for yourself or give them as a gift. If you buy the gift version of the workshop we send you an email with a download link in it that you can forward to the person you’re giving it to. They simply click on the link in the email to download the workshop.
Great Photo Tips and Workshops: So if you’re looking for great photo tips and photography workshops EasyPhotoClass.com is a great place to find them.
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