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3 Things To Think About Before You Press The Shutter Button

Posted by Fujifilm Australia

When you step outside to chase the light, or you find yourself looking through the viewfinder in a studio there's three things we recommend you think about before you press the shutter button. 

Composition being the first is key to a great photo. For those who don't know, composition is essentially the aesthetic alignment of objects that will create your final image and it's this technique that will draw in the viewer to your photograph. A common phrase used in photography when talking about composition is the Rule of Thirds. A good or great composition will align main objects / subjects in your photograph to imaginary horizontal and vertical third lines within the frame. Composition does come naturally for some, however it's something that can also be taught if you don't have the natural ability to see what will work.

Tip: If you don't have any experience with composition its recommend turning on the overlay grid on your camera's viewfinder. When the function is turned on the camera will display an overlay grid that will be very helpful when aligning your subjects to third lines. To active this simply press the DISP/BACK button repetitively until the grid appears.


The second thing we would recommend you think about is the ISO. You want to make sure you have the correct ISO selected based on the lighting conditions surrounding you. ISO is very important as it becomes a foundation for the shutter speed and aperture you'll be using to take your photo, so knowing how much light is around you and what the appropriate ISO to use is paramount. As a general rule we recommend using the lowest ISO wherever you can, however life presents itself in many challenging lighting scenarios, so here's a helpful ISO guide for some common lighting situations you may find yourself in.

Daylight - ISO 100 or 200 

Shade - ISO 400 - 800

Candle Light - ISO 1000 - 1600

The last setting we recommend you think about before capturing any image is the aperture. Making sure you have selected an aperture that helps tell the story is worth thinking about. For example, by choosing the aperture you can either isolate the subject from the background or have an entire scene in focus. The latter is perfect if you're photographing a landscape whereas for portrait photography isolating the subject from the background is the preferred method used by professional photographers.


Hopefully this article gets you thinking about some of the camera settings before you take a photo. Try taking some time to analyze a scene before you press the shutter button, by doing this you'll achieve two things. The first is you'll end up with a much better final photograph and secondly you won't take as many photos with the 'spray and pray' technique.