My Most Used Camera Settings

May 14, 2018 | Photography

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Because of this project, I’m spending a lot of time examining my camera settings. I thought this info was super interesting so I wanted to share it today!

For this post, I filtered through about 2,000 photos in my Lightroom catalog and determined that these are my most used camera settings.

Aperture

f/4 – My most used f-stop was f/4. This gives me a nice shallow depth of field (blurry background) while also getting crisp images. f/4 lets quite a bit of light into the camera but not nearly as much as f/1.8 or f/2, which we’ll talk about next.

f/4

f/2 – My next most used f-stop was f/2. I like using f/2 to get an even shallower depth of field. Also, as I mentioned in my previous paragraph, f/2 is going to let a ton of light into the camera because the aperture becomes very wide open. This is especially helpful if you’re shooting indoors where there’s not as much available light.

f/2

f/8 – In third place, we have f/8. I like using this f-stop for landscapes or cityscapes. I find that it gives me a deep depth of field without losing too much light.

f/8

SHUTTER SPEED

1/320 – This is my most used shutter speed. Since I’m typically shooting stationary objects, I don’t need a super fast shutter speed to freeze movement. It also allows me to handhold my camera without the risk of camera shake.

1/320

1/200 – My next most used shutter speed is 1/200. This lets a little more light into the camera compared to 1/320 which means I  can use a larger f-stop if I need to.

1/200

1/400 – Last but not least, we have 1/400. I typically use this shutter speed for people. So for example, if I’m doing a photoshoot for a blog post, I’ll set the shutter speed at 1/400; this is fast enough to freeze my movement if I’m walking towards the camera or moving around a lot, etc.

1/400

ISO

100 – 200 – Shooting at a low ISO will give you the best possible photo quality. ISO 100 to 200 are my most used ISO settings. If you’re shooting in full sun or you have plenty of available light, there’s really no reason to raise your ISO.

100

400 – Once I have my aperture and shutter speed set to where I want them, that’s when I’ll raise my ISO if the photo is still too dark. For the sunrise photo below, I raised my ISO to 400 in order to brighten up the photo.

400

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