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That’s Why Your Camera Settings are Wrong

When we head out into the landscape to capture some epic bangers we should be full of hope and have some expectations about just what type of photos we will get and how we are going to capture them. What settings to use for each scenario can become second nature over time, however, it’s getting to that stage where most will find challenges.

Coming in from Mark Denney is a great set of questions to ask yourself when you are about to hit that shutter, to ensure that you have the very best chance of nailing the shot. Mark presents us with a very pragmatic approach to not only understanding the interplay between each camera setting but also showing some great real-world examples of what his approach has yielded in terms of his own photography!

Taking your time to figure out exactly what you have in the scene and what type of image you want to capture right from the outset will help set you up for a better chance of success for your adventure plus will help you when you are out in the field and act as either a great reminder for the more experienced photographers or act as crucial insights into what needs to be dialed in to bag your next banger(s). 

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Darren J. Spoonley, is an Ireland-based outdoor photographer, Podcaster, Videographer & Educator with a passion for capturing the beauty of our world.

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Excellent advice for any photographer at any level. I especially like the idea of selecting an ISO that supports the selected aperture/shutter combination. From my first digital exposure years ago, I have been constantly pleased that I no longer have to fuss about what ASA (ISO) film I loaded dictating what photos I could take. Mark emphasizes that there is a lot of mythology about "never raising ISO past 100." It is flat bad advice unless you insist on never post-processing. The tools and techniques we have today for mitigating or even eliminating (!) noise make noise irrelevant.