Using your DSLR Camera in Manual Mode
Progressing from Auto to Manual with your camera Camera or moving up from a Compact Camera to a DSLR Camera can be a major concern and many are so phased that they never progress beyond using the Camera’s Program Settings. On the new Digital Cameras whether they be Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm, Samsung, Sony, there are a host of presets including the latest Creative settings, so many that you can probably get away with out ever needing to use manual but don’t rely on it. There will be times when you would wish that you had an understanding of the Manual Controls as that “once in a lifetime” photo didn’t turn out so well…. that Competition Winner was so within your capabilities.
You will at some stage be faced with an unusual situation and need to compensate for it, so you really should brave it and experiment with the Manual setting or the Aperture or Shutter Speed Priority settings. The beauty of a DSLR Camera is that you can play around with the settings and notice the different effects and when you get familiar with them we know that you will feel like a Pro and your photographs extra special….it’s a wonderful feeling taking a great photo when you have used your own input and judgement.
To help those that would like to understand the basic settings used in Manual – Aperture Priority, Speed Priority, ISO, Exposure Compensation, we have put together a Cheat Sheet. We should add that the information is to help you understand the relative effect of, for example, a small aperture compared to a large one, rather than definitive figures.
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