Choosing Basic Picture Settings
In This Chapter
Spinning the Mode dial
Changing the shutter-release mode
Understanding the Image Quality setting (resolution and file type)
Every camera manufacturer strives to ensure that your first encounter with the camera is a happy one. To that end, the camera’s default settings make it as easy as possible for you to take a good picture the first time you press the shutter button. At the default settings, your camera works about the same way as any point-and-shoot camera: You compose the shot, press the shutter button halfway to focus, and then press the button the rest of the way to take the picture.
Although you can get a good photo using the default settings in many cases, they’re not designed to give you optimal results in every situation. You may be able to take a decent portrait, for example, but probably need to tweak a few settings to capture action. Adjusting a few options can help turn that decent portrait into a stunning ...