Stop Asking About Camera Settings

25 thoughts on Stop Asking About Camera Settings

  1. Such BS … of course it’s important to an inquisitive newbie who is trying to learn. Sure he could use a too slow shutter speed and learn from his mistake but NEVER keep a person from trying to learn.

  2. All depends on what you are shooting. Nighttime photography for example – settings very important.

    I have no issues with people that are wanting to learn photography asking me what my settings were with my shots. It’s a good starting point for them….of course people can also get out and do trial and error themselves.

  3. Stop telling me to change my attitude towards this and that and that other every freaking week. This you’ve-been-doing-whatever-wrong-your-entire-life ruse has been old for a long time.

  4. I was once a beginner and I now teach… yes it does matter if you’re a beginner. Knowing what camera settings were used to capture a shot helps beginners understand how it all works and comes together. It’s all part of learning. That is unless you never plan on taking your camera off it’s auto settings and take full control over your images.

  5. I think people are really missing the point here. Obviously, settings are important, but i see people ask what the settings were for photos yet no question about lighting, which determines the settings. I see this most in facebook groups, where someone will post a great image, people ask settings, then come back later wondering why their image doesn’t look the same. Yes, learning the settings is important, but most new people will just try to copy what they say the settings were, and not learn the exposure triangle.

  6. This article is just more elitist photographer crap. Of course settings are important, and learners get a good clue about how things work by asking — provided they get answers that explain why the various settings achieve the desired results. For instance, you wouldn’t get a shot like the one in the example at 1/30 of a second. If someone asks, just be glad he wants to learn. Be helpful. Don’t be a jerk.

    Yes, you can also explain that you’ve studied the subject for a long time so that you’ll be prepared for the shot when it comes along. That’s part of learning, too.

  7. I’m honored any time I’m asked. Even when people ask “what camera did you use?” (Yes settings and the camera are typically irrelevant) it’s an honor because those people like my work so much that they want to know how u made it, so they can try to recreate something about it. Imitation is the biggest form of flattering.

  8. Haha… what a fake BS ofcourse it matters.
    For this you need at least 1/500th of a second and from what I see a telephoto lens of around ~400mm or more.
    That puts you in a position that you need either to push up the iso or sell a kidney for at least an f4 lens. You need to get this this is important why he dismisses it is beyond me.

  9. I’ll just stop watching him! No one is asking to take your thunder or try to be like you. Settings are like roads. I know how to compose an image, I know how to be creative, I know how to take a picture! I like to hear what settings others use just to see if I want to try the settings. This is such a snobby video. Settings matter. I’ve been shooting birds of prey for about 5 yrs and I have the settings down that get me decent shots, but like to know what others use just to see if maybe there isn’t some thing I’m not thinking about. It’s not being lazy…it’s trying to learn. Plenty of other photographers to follow!!

  10. To replicate the LOOK of a shot, for a developing photographer, settings can be helpful. To get the same shot, I agree with Tony. Waste of time: it’s like the difference between memorising and understanding.

  11. Amen Tony! I absolutely get what you’re saying and totally agree. I’m just an amateur but I think once you have a decent grasp on the exposure triangle the rest is just art. And while I find camera settings interesting sometimes I also find I don’t actually learn anything from knowing them. Learning comes from holding your camera in your hands and figuring it out yourself. Keep up the great work-you and Chelsea have taught me practically everything I know.

  12. A little arrogant to say the least. Settings do matter and not just to copy or replicate the shot. The assumption that the reason for asking is to copy the shot is projecting a preconceived motive on the inquisitor. Maybe a better spin would have been, “beyond the settings”.

  13. I think what he meant to say is that the settings on one picture won’t work in another.
    A lot of people getting into photography will ask what settings did you use on a picture so I can set my camera to the same settings and make my picture look like yours…
    Which it would never work because lighting changes all the time…
    Taking about triangle exposure values.

  14. He does have a point but the message can be confusing for people starting out in photography. Learning what settings to use in different lighting/subject/situation is imperative and increases the chances of capturing the [intentional] shot. Having the camera just on ‘auto’ will just make every image look flat. Asking other photogs is perfectly okay! We should try and learn from each other (and not be all smeagol on camera settings).

  15. LOL. Looking at comments it’s clear nobody actually saw the video 😀 Tony is talking about asking photographer what settings he used for one specific photo. And that when this newbie will try to replicate the photo he will have totally different light conditions so those setting doesn’t matter.

  16. Not very inspired subject. He picked a shutter speed and let the camera decide the rest. Of course settings doesn’t matter then, but you can’t tell from just looking at the image it wasn’t shot in manual

  17. In order to understand how to apply settings it’s important to understand how the camera reads exposure and the consequences of using certain settings. It’s not right to say they don’t matter. I wouldn’t be happy to just put my camera on auto ISO and find it’s used 6400. I’d also not want to have a white object against a black background and found that the camera has blown highlight detail because there’s no understanding of how 18% grey works. Yes people can get fixated on settings but it’s important to know how they are arrived at and what works & what doesn’t

  18. Settings are important for a shot. And it’s good for beginners to know if they want to get an idea how it’s done.
    But I’m tired of professional photographers going to the settings or camera before any constructive criticism and I think Tony is hitting on that.

    A big offender is Jared Polin, he always looks at settings and camera before reviewing any images submitted to him. People with that mentality need to watch this video.

  19. Sharing EXIF isn’t meant for someone to try and mimic the shot. It shows a good starting point to get the type of shot the interested individual is looking for. A bird in flight at 1/ 3000 will look different than the same bird in flight at 1/1000 or 1/500. Physically being able to see iso, shutter speed and aperture sometimes has to be physically shown to people to make sense. Never have cared for Northrup much.

  20. I may not totally agree but I learned on film and settings were definitely more important then and we understood the basics of photography better but I find now I lean more towards the importance of composition. Settings are still important but I will never look down on someone that shoots on auto and I myself often favor Program mode so I can control depth of field plus I rarely let my camera choose my ISO.

  21. People ask because they wonder why they’re not getting the same results out of an f/3.5-5.6 kit lens as photo shot with a 400 or 800mm f/2.8 like the one in this article. When I started out in photography I always wondered why I couldn’t get shallow DoF with wide angle lenses and larger lens-to-subject distances like I saw in some photographers photos. It wasn’t until I understood the differences between how 35mm and medium format lenses work that I knew I simply couldn’t get those results without completely changing camera systems. So pro’s like this guy should acknowledge that having tens of thousands of dollars in tools does make a difference, but still stress making the most out of whatever tools you do have.

  22. He’s right. He’s asking us to think about getting a shot, not a formula. I’ve worked with Lester Bookbinder, Brian Duffy etc and when I started photography myself I tried to remember their settings. It was pointless of course because they really know their subject to get that magical iconic shot. However, it really came down to their workflow and what TN’s saying.

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