Manual exposure mode – use it for consistency!

A Nikon camera on a colored background with a manual mode dial
(Image credit: Future/Nikon)

If you’re new to photography, you might be wondering, "What is the point of Manual mode? It’s a useful tool for learning about the relationship between aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, but beyond that?"

You’ve paid all of this money for one of the best cameras for photography with advanced evaluative metering and intelligent exposure, and now you’re expected to do a lot of the legwork yourself?

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Marcus Hawkins
Photo expert and journalist

Marcus has been passionate about photography for more than 25 years. A former editor of our sister publication Digital Camera magazine, he has written about photography and cameras for a wide range of clients, including Canon and Jessops. Last time we checked, Marcus was using a Canon EOD 5D Mark IV.