Best Camera Setup You Might Not Use (Video)

There are settings in our cameras that we use on a daily basis and some of which we rarely use. There are probably quite a few camera settings that we don’t even know about.

This is a shame because some of these camera settings can be very useful while shooting. Landscape photographer Mark Denny wants to recommend one feature he calls “the best camera setup not to use.”

“This is something I have just started applying to my site workflow over the past year and it has really helped me with the visualization process when composing an image,” explains Denny. “There aren’t many camera settings that I consider ‘true game-changers’, but this is one I would make an exception as this is something I think all photographers should try…at least once.”

So what is the setting? You’ll have to jump to the 5:45 mark in the video below from Denney as he explains it all.

“One thing that helped me was changing the aspect ratio in the camera to visualize and help me visualize what a different type of crop in the post might look like to help me see if that composition was worth paying attention to,” he notes.

At about 6:05 in the video, he shows you what he means by playing around with the Fujifilm camera’s aspect ratio setting (similar aspect ratio adjustments are available on most cameras) to see how differently simulated “crop” landscape photos would look: 4:3 vs 16:9 vs 1:1 (square), eg.

“I think that’s really cool because you don’t have to wait until you get home to cut it down to 16:9 or ratios one by one to see exactly what it looks like,” he says. “You can do this in camera while you’re on site. I find this incredibly useful especially in situations like this. Because a lot of times you might have in your mind that this might look good in a nice box, crop one by one and you might think about that But being able to visualize that in the camera and being able to make those configuration changes while you’re on location in real time, in my opinion, is a real game-changer.”

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