# Introduction

Make sure you’re taking the best possible photography and video by setting up your device correctly. Follow our basic guides below to get the most out of your device.


# Photography

Follow these steps to set up your device to take the best photographs.

DSLR

If you’re working with a DSLR, you will know a thing or two about photography. We’re not going to go into detail about the best way to utilize your DSLR (we’d be here for a while). However, make sure you have set your camera to take images in RAW format in the settings menu.

Our canon 6D allows you to set the camera to store images in RAW in the settings menu.

iPhone 5, 5s, 6, 6s, SE, 7

If you’re working with an iPhone 5 or later, make a start by turning the grid and HDR setting on in the photos & camera settings menu. The grid will help you line objects up in the frame and improve the composition of your photograph.

Go into your settings and look for Photos & Camera

Once in Photos & Camera, scroll down and look for Grid and Keep Normal Photo. Turn both on.

Android smartphones

You will need a high end and recent Android smartphone to take good quality photography. There’s plenty of great phones out there including higher end Sony Xperia and Samsung Galaxy devices. Unfortunately, there are so many different models out there that we can’t really provide much information. If you can, use an iPhone from the list above.

If you’re concerned that the smartphone you are using doesn’t have a high-quality camera drop Josh an email on josh@opendesk.cc and he’ll help you out.


# Video

Follow these steps to set up your device to take the best video.

DSLR

We only recommend using a DSLR for video if you or the person using the camera knows a thing or two about shooting video. If this doesn’t sound like you, we’d recommend using an iPhone. We’re not going to go into detail about the best way to utilize your DSLR (we’d be here for a while). However, make sure you have set your camera to shoot video at Full HD 1080p in the settings menu.

In the settings menu, set the movie recording size to at least Full HD (1920x1080)

iPhone 5, 5s, 6, 6s, SE, 7

If you’re working with an iPhone 5 or later, make sure you have the video quality set to the highest available. If you’re using an iPhone 5 or 5s, you’ll only be able to shoot at Full HD 1080p. If you have a 6, SE or 7 you’ll be able to shoot at 4K (ultra high resolution) which we highly recommend.

Go into your settings and look for Photos & Camera

Once in Photos & Camera, scroll down and look for Record Video. Set to the highest available option (4K is higher than 1080p).

Android smartphones

You will need a high end and recent Android smartphone to take good quality video. There’s plenty of great phones out there including higher end Sony Xperia and Samsung Galaxy devices. Make sure you are shooting at least Full HD 1080p or 4K resolution if possible. Unfortunately, there are so many different models out there that we can’t really provide much information. If you can, use an iPhone from the list above.

If you’re concerned that the smartphone you are using doesn’t have a high-quality camera drop Josh an email on josh@opendesk.cc and he’ll help you out.


# Support

If you have any questions, drop Josh a line. He’ll be on hand to help out however he can!

josh@opendesk.cc