Camera Setting Tips and More

Published: June 7, 2016

A Helpful Resource By: Daisey, the "Paws-itive" Beagle

Where do you start when you're taking photos of a landscape, an animal, or taking photos in direct sunlight, on overcast days, and other situations?

Here's a list of helpful camera settings. Please keep in mind it's just a start -- from our mommy Catherine, who is still learning and developing her photo style. If there is a better way to do something, (and we're sure there is!) Catherine welcomes your feedback. Thanks!

Also, as you learn and develop your own style, you'll likely find different settings that work best for you. Photography is like a "combination lock" because there are so many "codes" or ways to do things, that work. 

  • Landscapes: F/16 is a good place to start.
  • When You're using a Bounce Flash Indoors Without a White Ceiling: A 45 degree angle can work nice.
  • For Most Photo Situations -- F/8 is a good place to start. Then adjust your f-stop from there.
  • Freezing the Rain in Motion: Catherine learned 1/200th (shutter speed) can freeze the rain in the air. She hasn't tried it yet but wanted to capture the tip here in case it helps.
  • Lens Size and Shutter Speed: If say, you have a 200mm lens, you need a shutter speed of 1/200th or more. It's possible to adjust your ISO for better focus, too. 

Hope these give you a "paws-itive" start to your photography! I'll add more when Catherine has them ready.


Daisey, the "Paws-itive" Beagle