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Top 5 Photo Settings to Change on the GoPro Hero 5 Black

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Taking great photos on your GoPro Hero 5 Black means knowing your camera settings. Here are the top 5 settings to change in your GoPro Hero 5 Black to get the best photos. Switch from Video Mode to Photo Mode Set your field of view to WideIt appears as though this camera was engineered around being set in wide mode. The other FOV options seem to go through an internal conversion processs within the GoPro Camera and the picture just isn’t as good as what’s produced in Wide Mode. Enable ProtuneThis will give you additional control over specific settings on your GoPro. While GoPro does a decent job with producing a nice image using their built-in presets, having more control over your image by enabling Protune will give you a cleaner image for when you’re editing your photos later. Set your color to FLATHaving your color set to GoPro will make your photos extra “Contrasty” which will technically have less color information and details to work with in editing software. Only utilize the GoPro color setting if you intend to upload without any editing. Set Sharpness to LowThe internal settings do a good job, but again, you’ll want the ability to adjust that later with a nice clean image that hasn’t been affected by the Presets. Decrease the ISO MAX from 1600 to 800When you have an ISO of 1600, you will start to see a lot of grain in your photo. It is a lot easier to increase the exposure of a clean photo at a …

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How To Use Manual Mode On Canon 80D

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Since this website is about getting out of auto, this post is about learning how to use manual mode on the Canon 80D. The first step to learning to use manual mode is to learn how the controls on the camera work together. This post is about learning the basics of those controls. If you want to use Manual, the first thing to do is to put your camera into the proper mode, which is indicated by the ‘M’ on the mode wheel. Terms to be familiar with on the top LCD Screen Shutter Speed: Indicates the speed of the shutter as it allows light to pass through and hit the sensor. With a faster or higher number, less light will come in and will result in less blur. With a slower or lower the number, more light will come in and will result in a greater likelihood of blur. Aperture: Indicates how wide the lens opens to allow light in to hit the sensor. ISO: Indicates the sensitivity of the image sensor to the light that is hitting it. The higher the ISO, the more noise your image will have. These days, the ISO is much better than it used to be on many cameras due to better image sensors. This setting will often be adjusted to compensate for poor lighting conditions. The Controls The Shutter Speed is adjusted with the rocker switch right behind shutter button. Rotate it to the right for a faster shutter speed, and rotate it to the left for a …

ISO Speed Settings on Canon Rebel T6i

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As you may know, ISO is one of the three main settings that determine the exposure of your photos. Accordingly, the Canon Rebel T6i has quite a few settings related to ISO. Here’s how to set the ISO manually, as well as how to adjust the parameters for automatic ISO adjustment on your Canon T6i: By pressing the dedicated ISO button on the top of the camera or by using the Quick Settings button, you can adjust the ISO to a preset or Auto mode on the fly in any Creative Zone shooting mode (check out our Shooting Modes on Canon T6i article). Manual ISO adjustments are disabled in Basic Zone shooting modes. The maximum ISO setting that Auto ISO mode will use can be adjusted by navigating to the third tab of the Settings Menu, selecting the ISO Auto menu, and choosing between one of the five presets. This is a useful setting when you want to use automatic ISO selection, but prevent your camera from selecting an ISO that could add more image noise than desirable.

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Ditch Auto – Learn To Shoot In Manual

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Why Take This Course? You have a DSLR Camera or a fancy Point-and-shoot, but have not been using it to it’s full potential. You know that the scary “manual mode” holds a whole new level of customization which would result in better quality photos but have resisted. Terms like Shutter Speed and Aperture sound confusing and you don’t know where to start. If that sounds familiar, I want to assure you that by the end of my FREE course you will understand what those settings do and be on your way to controlling your camera rather than your camera controlling you. You made an investment in a decent camera and it’s time to start using it’s features. In this course you will learn the basics of DSLR Photography and how to shoot in manual mode. My goal is to give you the tools so you can train your brain to think like a Photographer. You will also know how to control your camera instead of leaving it up to Auto Mode to try and to it’s best. Take the course for free on Udemy: https://www.udemy.com/ditch-auto-start-shooting-in-manual/ How Long Is This Course? So far, the course is just over 4 hours in length. You can watch it in chunks or all at once. It is best to watch it with camera in hand so you can pause and follow along with your camera. All DSLR Cameras are different so your settings may look different than mine. What Should I Expect? You should expect to be able to shoot …