Create Your Exposure in Manual Not Automatic

Modes Aperture Priority Mode – This is a mode that you can select and the camera will make the decision of the shutter Speed. This is the mode to choose when controlling the depth of field is the most crucial of you exposure setting. So with this if you are shooting Landscape Photography, this allows you to set a small Aperture and the Camera selects the correct shutter speed. Also vice versa should you be shooting a subject and would like to blur the background the Aperture Priority can be set with a wide open setting or adjusted to get the proper blurring affect one desires and the shutter peed is controlled by the camera.

Shutter Priority Mode – With this mode set, on can control speed of a subject, by way of stopping motion or blurring motion. Then the camera is in charge of setting the Aperture for the exposure.

Manual Mode – Setting you camera to Manual mode, you are doing just as the name says MANUL CONTROL. You have full control over the Aperture, the Shutter Speed, the ISO. SO when one does this, he or she is using the cameras light meter to control the exposure. This meter can be seen through the view finder or on back in the LCD screen.

Exercise Assignment

For this assignment, you should find a fast moving subject, such as a boat, car, runner, bicyclist, etc…….. . try using all three modes, AF, SS, M. with these subjects. You might need to put camera on tripod or if you think you can handle it you can hand hold the camera. Try 3 settings in each mode, from (Aperture)-f/2.8, f/8, f/22; (Shutter Speed)- 1/30, 1/250, 1/1000; (Manual)- Start with setting the SS at 1/500 and see where you need to set the AF and have ISO at 100 or 200 which ever you like. Then play with it and go up and down to choose you settings. With this Assignment post 3 picture for each mode with the settings shown in your camera for discussion in my page in Amateur Photographers in Middle Georgia in FB at this link:  


This way we can have open discussions about each others images and such


Credits go to the book of “Exposure Photo Workshop” by Jeff Wignall for different passages quoted.

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