Just bought a new camera and can’t wait to try it out? Wait! Before the first shooting, let’s go into the settings menu and tweak a few things.
Turn off audio signals
In most cases, audio signals on cameras are not needed. These are, for example, a timer, a signal that a photo has been taken, and a sound during autofocus. All this only drains the battery and possibly annoys those around you.
Disable auto browsing
Autoview is enabled by default — and this not only consumes more battery of the camera, but also distracts. This will not bother you if your subject in the frame moves slowly or does not move at all — for example, if you are shooting a sunset. But it can cost you a good shot when shooting scenes with fast moving objects, such as at a wedding or in the wild.
Set up custom buttons
Almost all DSLRs and mirrorless cameras have customizable buttons. You can usually change almost any button on the camera. For example, you can reconfigure the wheel to control the ISO to the brightness control.
The more you customize the buttons on the camera, the less time you spend on it in the field. This means you can spend more time taking amazing photos!
When you get to setting up custom buttons on your camera, explore all the options and choose the best one for your style.
Set date and time
Although it’s not the most interesting point, the date and time are really important because these data are written to the information of your pictures.
When you download your photos to your computer, they will be sorted by date. This is useful — this way you can quickly sort and find a specific shooting. If the date is set incorrectly, it will be harder for you to find the photos you want.
Change the file format
By default, most cameras are set to capture JPEG files.
You can change this setting to RAW or RAW & JPEG if you need both. RAW images take up more memory than JPEG images, but they retain more detail and provide more editing options.
This setting should be left alone if you do not have enough memory or if you do not plan to edit photos on a large scale.
The names of some settings may differ for different manufacturers of photographic equipment. Therefore, carefully study the menu in your camera. All of these settings are available on most cameras.
Changing these settings will only take a couple of minutes, but will save time on shooting. You’ll thank yourself later for getting your camera set up right!