"10 Things to Do After a Shoot" - Digital Photography Podcast 260

Some of the most frustrating mistakes occur when we forget to change our settings back to default after a shoot. I just had such an experience when I thought I was shooting in Raw... but no! I was shooting 2.5 megapixel Jpegs instead. Too bad it was a great shot. In this podcast, I review 10 reminders for after a shoot. Embrace these, and you will have fewer missed shots.

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The fact that the camera doesn't have a better UX to reset back to normal settings is a huge shortcoming of many cameras. Cameras have gotten more powerful, but not as smart, over the decades.

One solution would be for the camera to warn you that you are using settings that are not your standard settings and ask if you wish to reset them.

With all the processing power in the camera, it would be nice if they used a bit of it to improve the UX.

Along the same lines, I wish the cameras were smart enough so you could set:

- pick any ISO within 100-1600, favoring the low end, and shoot with minimal DOF while keeping the Tv around 100 so I get a bit of action blurring.
- etc.

But unfortunately, I feel like the cameras are either too automatic or too manual.

Well, one thing that you can do to help with this, if your camera has it, is to use a custom setting that remembers your default settings. I have that on my Canon 60D, it's the "C" on the mode dial. That being said, I still have to remember to change the mode dial to "C" after a shoot :)