5 Camera Setting Tips for Shooting Great Portraits

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4. Shutter speed settings

As a rule of thumb, when setting your camera’s shutter speed, consider your lens’s focal length to avoid blurred results from camera shake. The shutter speed should be equal to or faster than the focal length, so make sure your shutter speed is faster than your focal length. For example, at 200mm you will want to shoot at 1/250 sec or faster.

5. Increase your ISO

In order to give your aperture and shutter speed choices a boost, you can always adjust your ISO. Also consider that kids, pets, and even adults tend to move around while being photographed. To combat these wiggly subjects, and to prevent motion blur appearing, you can bump up your shutter speed by bumping up your ISO.

In low light (indoors and outside), you may need to increase it to ISO400, 800, 1600 or even 3200. The offset will mean a little grain, but that’s certainly better than a blurred image.

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