Settings You Should Change on Your Camera

Modern cameras are tremendously complex and intricate machines, and as such, there are often settings that may not be the best choice for your work and may even cause you to miss a shot or not come home with the best quality images. This excellent video tutorial features a seasoned photographer showing you some important settings you should consider changing to improve your workflow and photos. 

Coming to you from Jan Wegener, this excellent video tutorial details some important camera settings you should consider changing from their default. Perhaps one of my favorite features is the highlight alert. This will inform you if you have blown any highlights in a photo by making the areas blink, making it easy to quickly evaluate the quality of an exposure. It is especially useful on a mirrorless camera when you have the image preview function enabled, as you can immediately see the overall exposure after taking a shot without even taking your eye away from the viewfinder. It is a great way to both keep you in the moment while shooting and to ensure that you come home with the best image quality possible. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Wegener.

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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Just curious, but am I the only person left who would prefer to read an article?

Absolutely not. I only clicked on this article in the hopes that I could read it. I rarely click on FStoppers links anymore because they're overwhelmingly videos instead of articles.

Nope - much prefer reading the information.

I really dislike coming to a site to read articles, and being pointed to a video instead (with a, sometimes, annoying host).
If I wanted to watch videos I would have searched on YouTube instead of coming here.

100% agree. I don't click these videos and the comments overwhelmingly reflect your sentiment, but Alex just keeps posting them. And he doesn't even add "Video:" to the title, even after we complain that they feel like click bait. I love f-stoppers articles but these embedded video posts are useless and annoying. If i wanted to watch YouTube, I'd.... open YouTube.

No I've been for a year or more suggesting they also show the text. I can read twice as fast as a video and can far more easily reread if I don't catch something the first time.


- Switch to Compressed RAW

- Use Highlight Warnings

- For cameras with two card slots, use the rollover to the next card function when recording video.

- Change the magnification settings when reviewing images

- Turn off "Retract Lens When Power Off" for Canon cameras

- Save your camera settings to the memory card

Thanks, from yet another video hater!

Thank you for the bullet points. Now I don't have to watch a video when some, or possible all of it, does not apply to me.

If we can't have a full written article, Fstoppers should give us bullet points or a synopsis to scan. Why should I sit through a video if little or none of it applies to me or will interest me. I could be using my time to read or watch something else.

This was more useful than the actual article. Thank you.

Isn't it weird: people buy the latest models with ever more megapixels, and then they are told to use a compressed image version in order to reduce filesizes?

Lol. Yes, I understand what you're saying. It is useful though. I mean, if you can get almost the exact results using compressed and save on files, why not? But I am going to test it out with my cameras and see. Always best to check things out yourself. I also agree with ppl going for the latest models, etc.