A Whole New World

Tip: frame the shot, take 1 step forward, and reframe.

It’s amazing to think you could work with a DSLR for years without understanding the settings. For myself, like many others, the countless dials, meters and numbers which determine the manual settings of a DSLR are way too daunting and far-fetched for any amateur dabbling in photography. But today was the day that I was faced with the simple fact that automatically-set images just weren’t going to cut it in a digital media elective. So, I put my newfound knowledge to the test, and shot my first manually-set clip. Below is a quick re-cap of what I learnt today, along with the result of my test clip.

Camera Settings – DSLR

ISO – light sensitivity

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100 – less sensitive to low light



3600 – very sensitive to low light

White balance

Fluorescent/outdoor/cloudy lighting etc.

Avoid changing the white balance when shooting in the one location – consistency is key.


Shutter Speed

1/50 is an ideal shutter speed for shooting video.

The slower the shutter speed, the blurrier the video.



The larger the number the less light.

Also affects the depth of field. E.g. f2.8 would give a shallow depth of field whereas f11 would give a deep depth of field.


Light Meter

In the middle of the meter is ideal


Video Quality

The ideal movie quality is full HD or 25fps.

Slow-motion should be shot at 60fps at least.

The result of today’s test:


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