I love shooting in Manual mode. I'm usually the happiest with my shots there. I can change tons of settings there too from white balance to exposure compensation. Sometimes I just love to play around with different settings and see what I get. Being a mom though, I need to be able to grab my camera and also catch those quick fleeting moments without having to worry about what settings I have changed. That is where zeroing out your camera comes in handy.
Say you've been shooting outside in bright light and changed your White Balance to reflect that. You put your camera away and don't change your White Balance back to auto. The next time you grab your camera and go to take some photos inside it's still set for bright light. If you don't realize it right away you can get some crazy color casts. (Trust me. I learned this the hard way).
Here are a few easy things to set back to 'normal' every time you are done shooting:
- Set your camera to P (Programmed Auto) or A (Aperture-Priority Auto) mode.
- Set White Balance to Auto.
- Set Exposure Compensation to 0.
- Set Flash Exposure Compensation to 0. (I prefer to leave mine at -1).
- Set ISO to Auto. (I usually set mine to 400).
Thanks for stopping and don't forget to zero out your camera the next time you shoot!