Let’s face it, while today’s DSLR cameras have tons of features and menu items for customization, that can be overwhelming to the new shooter, or to one who makes only a couple of dive trips a year. Worse yet, some settings could give the false impression that your equipment is faulty, when a simple setting change solves the problem. Here are our best tips for getting started.

The Best DSLR Camera Settings for Underwater Photos
The Best DSLR Camera Settings

Let’s face it, while today’s DSLR cameras have tons of features and menu items for customization, that can be overwhelming to the new shooter, or to one who makes only a couple of dive trips a year. Worse yet, some settings could give the false impression that your equipment is faulty, when a simple setting change solves the problem. Here are our best DSLR camera settings for getting started.


AF ILLUMINATOR OFF

You don’t need to light up the inside of your housing with the built-in focus light of the camera.


AF DRIVE

I prefer single AF rather than continuous because it’s easier to lock focus on a single point.

REASSIGN AF TO AF-ON ONLY

Reassign autofocus controls from a half-press of the shutter release to the AF-ON button. This disables the shutter button’s ability to autofocus, allowing it to act solely as a shutter release. With AF-ON enabled, your lens will stay in manual focus mode (focus-locked) until the AF-ON button is pressed, which will activate your autofocus.

SINGLE-POINT FOCUS (CENTER)

The center focus point is the strongest focus point in the camera. When the action is getting hot, you don’t have time to move focus points around. Focus on the nearest point of your subject, then lock focus and recompose your shot.

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