How to use a camera: exposure modes made simple
Buying a good camera and staying on auto settings is like buying a Porsche for the school run. In our latest Shoot Like A Pro series we show you how to use a camera in a more meaningful way that lets you take control of the picture-taking process.
In this series we’ll run through all of your camera’s exposure modes and explain when – and why – you should use them. This week we’ll start with Program Mode.
Your digital camera’s auto settings make it easier to just point and shoot, and often that’s enough to capture a moment in time. But what if your subject’s moving, if the light is constantly changing or you want to get creative with blur?
If you’ve started to feel as if you’re missing out on photo opportunities because you can’t work out how to take control, it’s time to master your camera’s creative shooting options.
Choosing and using the different exposure modes can transform the pictures you take, but venturing off fully automatic modes can be daunting, and even experienced photographers can find choosing the right settings tricky.
So here we’ve put together a guide to the four main exposure modes, covering everything from taking control in Program mode to mastering full manual operation. It will forever change the way you shoot!
Before we get started, in the infographic below we’ve highlighted the icons you’re likely to see on your digital camera’s top dial and what they mean. Click on the cheat sheet to see the larger version of this file.
PAGE 1: How to use a camera’s top dial
PAGE 2: How to use Program mode
PAGE 3: Program Mode Pros and Cons
PAGE 4: Your camera display explained
PAGE 5: Using Program Shift / Flexible Program
PAGE 6: What is Aperture Priority mode?
PAGE 7: Highs and lows of Aperture Priority mode
PAGE 8: How to control depth of field in Aperture Priority mode
PAGE 9: What is Shutter Priority mode?
PAGE 10: How to use Shutter Priority mode?
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on Monday, March 11th, 2013 at 1:00 am under Photography Tips.
Tags: camera tips, exposure modes, Shoot Like A Pro