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Chapter 7. Putting It All Together > Setting Up for Specific Scenes - Pg. 194

194 Part II: Taking Creative Control Recapping Basic Picture Settings Your subject, creative goals, and lighting conditions determine which set- tings you should use for some picture-taking options, such as aperture and shutter speed. I offer my take on those options throughout this chapter. But for many basic options, I recommend the same settings for almost every shooting scenario. Table 7-1 shows you those recommendations and also lists the chapter where you can find details about each setting. Table 7-1 Option Image Quality Image Size White Balance* ISO Sensitivity Focus Mode AF-Area Mode Release Mode Metering* Active D-Lighting All-Purpose Picture-Taking Settings Recommended Setting JPEG Fine or NEF (RAW) Large or medium Auto 100 AF-A (Auto-servo) Action photos: Dynamic Area; all others, Single Point Action photos: Continuous; all others: Single Matrix Off Chapter 3 3 6 5 6 6 2 5 5 *Adjustable only in P, S, A, and M exposure modes. Setting Up for Specific Scenes For the most part, the settings detailed in the preceding section fall into the "set 'em and forget 'em" category. That leaves you free to concentrate on a handful of other camera options, such as aperture and shutter speed, that you can manipulate to achieve a specific photographic goal. The next four sections explain which of these additional options typically produce the best results when you're shooting portraits, action shots, land- scapes, and close-ups. I offer a few compositional and creative tips along the way -- but again, remember that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and for every so-called rule, there are plenty of great images that prove the exception.