Ready for any­thing

What’s the best way to set up and cus­tomise your cam­era so you can get great shots quickly? Tracy Calder gets some ex­pert ad­vice from a range of pho­tog­ra­phers

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A range of pho­tog­ra­phers share their tips on set­ting up and cus­tomis­ing your cam­era, so you are ready at a mo­ment’s no­tice

Ben­jamin Franklin is of­ten quoted as say­ing ‘ by fail­ing to pre­pare, you are pre­par­ing to fail’, and his ad­vice cer­tainly holds true when it comes to pho­tog­ra­phy. Cam­eras are in­cred­i­bly so­phis­ti­cated tools, but when you have just sec­onds to get your pic­ture, it’s easy to be­come flus­tered, switch ev­ery­thing to auto and just hope for the best. Cre­at­ing a suc­cess­ful im­age be­gins be­fore the shut­ter is even re­leased. First you need to choose the right tools for the job, then you need to have some idea about what it is you are try­ing to com­mu­ni­cate, and then you need to en­sure your cam­era is set in a way that will de­liver the best re­sults and share what you had in your mind’s eye.

Many things can be left up to the cam­era, but by tak­ing con­trol over set­tings such as im­age qual­ity, me­ter­ing, ex­po­sure, fo­cus­ing and drive modes, you can in­crease your hit rate, save time, and even de­velop a style that is unique to you. What’s more, by cus­tomis­ing your cam­era you can be sure that it’s primed and ready to go at a mo­ment’s no­tice.

Over the next few pages a se­lect band of pro­fes­sional and award-win­ning pho­tog­ra­phers re­veal which cam­era set­tings they use to shoot wildlife, wed­dings, aerial views, land­scape, sport, architecture and street por­traits. (While many of the pho­tog­ra­phers here use DSLRs from the same man­u­fac­turer, the set­tings they de­scribe are pretty uni­ver­sal.)

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