Even for a professional photographer, the knob, dials, and buttons of a mirrorless camera or กล้องมิเรอร์เลส as the Thai’s would call it, can be intimidating to control at first and much more difficult for amateur photographers handling it for the first time.
This article will provide you with the necessary guidelines for operating a mirrorless camera effectively whether or not you’re a pro in taking great photos.
Now, let’s take you through the process, one step at a time.
For most cameras, you can find the mode dial sitting at the top. Basically, almost all mirrorless camera is designed with a manual mode that gives you access to control aperture and shutter speed.
The manual settings must be followed appropriately to avoid unnecessary manual configurations. However, if you’re unable to handle the settings appropriately, it is better you select an easy mode usually a shutter or an Aperture Priority Mode.
If you’re a novice at shooting (we definitely don’t mean shooting a gun in this context), you can opt for Program Mode, in which the camera automatically selects the particular balance of both shutter and aperture in order to get a good exposure.
The camera decides the balance of shutter and aperture when using Program Mode, but it also gives you the room of regulating or adjusting the settings of an ISO lighting sensitivity among others.
Many mirrorless cameras are designed to provide additional specialty modes. Taking a Canon camera for example, one can decide to use the Creative Auto mode which enables you to regulate the level of background and colour. If you’re unsure check over at Proreview.co for their full breakdown on all mirrorless cameras to use in Thailand.
So far we’ve been discussing different modes to operate with. Now, let’s take you into the practical aspect on how to use a mirrorless camera to take different kinds of photos:
How to use a mirrorless camera to capture action photos
The level of shutter speed is essential to capturing an action photo. The following are recommended:
- Activate Shutter Priority Mode (on Sony and Nikon, it’s labelled as “S” and “Tv” for Canon)
- Adjust shutter speed to 1/250 to capture target subject/object in motion (e.g. walking humans), if object is faster increase shutter speed (1/1250)
How to use a mirrorless camera to take portrait and landscape photos
- For zooming lens set camera at 35mm or 30mm for non-zooming to get an almost perfect non-distorted angle view
- Using mode dial set camera to Aperture Priority (“A” on Sony or Nikon and “Av” on Canon)
- For long distance between object use aperture of f/8 and f/5.6 if less
- Camera should remain on Aperture Priority at f/9 to focus on distant object effectively
- To capture sharp image increase aperture to 22 or higher
To learn how to use high dynamic range and to take photos in low light, see: