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Photo Tips > Checklist

If you're still using your camera on the "green" setting, you don't need a checklist.

The green setting is on the exposure mode knob.

It's the green camera icon or the term Auto in green .

Once you venture into setting the controls on your camera yourself, you need to remember to check them.

For example, let's say last night you were photographing in a living room.

You set the ISO to 1600 and the white balance to tungsten (light bulb icon).

Today, you're about to photograph a fountain in the sun.

When you go to use your camera, you have to remember to reset the ISO and white balance.

Otherwise, you'll be using the wrong settings.

Create a checklist that you keep inside the camera case or bag.

Soon, you won't need it, as you'll remember to check the settings.

Here's an example of a checklist (PDF).