You’ve got that shiny new camera and you’re ready to shoot… everything. Only problem is, the images don’t seem to be as good, or as sharp, as you thought they’d be. There usually is a very simple solution.

Whether you’re an amateur or professional photographer, it’s always good to make a point to look at the settings on your camera to ensure that you get the best out of it.

The people at Sony have put together a video to introduce five camera settings that you can take advantage of to maximise your camera’s capabilities:

1. Image Quality Settings. Most cameras are set to capture photos in JPEG by default to ensure that you capture and store as many images as possible. If that’s what you prefer to do, do check the image size so that you won’t have to compromise on the intended quality of your image.

2. Exposure Value (EV) Compensation. By adjusting the EV, you will be able to brighten or darken an exposure beyond the default settings of the camera.

3. Flash EV Compensation. Most beneficial for cameras with built-in flashes, Flash EV controls the intensity of light produced by the flash. By adjusting the Flash EV, you can give your flash a brighter light or dial it down to reduce its flare.

4. Metering Mode. Let your camera determine the optimal exposure settings for different types of scenes using different metering modes, such as Multi-, Centre-, and Spot-metering.

5. Focus Magnifier/Zoom. Thanks to the LCD screen on the camera, you can leverage digital magnification to zoom in on an area for sharp focusing.

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