Camera Settings

There are three “priority modes” on most cameras, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, and Manual.

Shutter Priority

In this mode you set the shutter speed and the camera takes care of the rest (ISO and Aperture). This is particularly helpful for blurring and freezing motion. The picture below was taken with Shutter Priority Mode.

Aperture Priority

Similar to Shutter Priority, this mode allows you to set the aperture of your choice and the camera picks the apporpriate Shutter Speed and ISO. This mode works well when shooting wide and shallow depths of field. The below pictures were taken with Aperture Priority Mode.

ManualĀ Mode

This is the mode where your picture is truly in your hands. You choose your ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture. You get to compose your image as you choose. The below picture was taken with Manual Mode.



Despite what you may think, I did this on purpose. All I did was open my file in a text editor and messed around with the code of the picture. I copied and pasted several different things into the code (Bee Movie script, State of the Union Address, Hamlet’s Soliloquy, etc.). I had a blast making this and it was super easy.

Focus Points

Another thing you need to understand in photography is focus points. This controls what your camera focuses on. The camera I personally use for most of my photo shoots is the Canon EOS Rebel T5, and it has 9 focus points. This is detailed in the pictures below (disclaimer these are not mine).

These pictures show what the focus points look like through the view finder and on the screen of the camera. All of these focus points are cross type. What does that mean? Cross type focus points are focus points that focus vertically and horizontally.

Focal Length

Focal Length is the distance between the center of a lens and its focus. You can control the focal length on your camera when you zoom in and out. On most camera lenses there are numbers indicating the focal length. Here are some examples of utilizing focal length.

18 mm

24 mm

35 mm

50 mm

70 mm

85 mm

135 mm

200 mm

300 mm



Exposure Triangle

There are 3 things you need to know to be efficient at photography (among other things). Those things are…

Shutter Speed

Shutter Speed is how fast the shutter in the camera opens and closes. 1/500 means that the shutter closes in one five hundredth of a second. This can allow you to freeze motion and/or blur motion. The examples above should help. To freeze motion have a fast shutter speed and to blur motion have a slow shutter speed.


Aperture is how wide the opening in your camera lens is. This can control the amount of visibility and how wide or shallow your depth of field is. The above examples should help. Have a smaller aperture to get a shallow depth of field and a wider aperture to get a deep depth of field.


ISO is how sensitive your camera sensor is to light. The lower the number the less sensitive it is, and vice versa. The top picture is taken with a lower ISO and the bottom one is taken with max ISO.

30 Second Radio Ad

I mixed this on Adobe Audition. Shout out to Andrew Ford for helping me out with the vocals. I know it’s not the best, but it’s a first attempt. But over all it’s alright. I had to come up with a 30 second radio ad for a product that I have access to. I chose Hydro Flask because I love mine and I use it everyday. Anyways, thanks for reading (and listening).