A Beginner's Guide to Camera Settings

No matter what you shoot, perhaps nothing is more important than mastering the three fundamental camera settings: shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. If you are new to photography and looking to learn the fundamentals, check out this awesome video tutorial that will show you everything you need to know about using the three exposure parameters to create technically correct images and to begin to explore your creative voice with a camera. 

Coming to you from Mike Browne, this great video tutorial will show you the ins and outs of working with shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. Whereas these three parameters work together to create the correct exposure for an image, it is important to remember that the vast majority of images can use multiple combinations of these settings to create a technically balanced exposure. It is in choosing which combination to use where your creativity comes into play. For example, 0.5 s, f/16, and ISO 100 and 1/1,000 s, f/2.8, and ISO 1,600 will both produce an image with the same overall exposure, but in one, a river will be smoothly blurred, while in the other, much of the water will be frozen. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Browne. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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