Is Manual mode the best way to use your camera? A Canon expert explains

Canon PhotoPlus EOS SOS Manual Mode
Shutter speed is the most important factor for this shot, making Shutter priority or Manual mode suitable choices (Image credit: Brian Worley)

"Use Manual mode" is common advice from professional and advanced photographers on this website and elsewhere. Recently, a photographer asked me why manual exposure was almost universally suggested. Manual exposure puts the photographer in full control, forcing them to choose how movement of the camera or subject is captured and how much depth of field is needed. If you are always in Manual mode (M), you don’t need to decide what mode to use. 

EOS R System cameras introduced another exposure mode, flexible priority (Fv) where the photographer chooses the most important parameters, letting the camera determine the others or takes full control – just like Manual. 

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Brian Worley

Brian is a freelance photographer and photo tutor, based in Oxfordshire. He has unrivaled EOS DSLR knowledge, after working for Canon for over 15 years, and is on hand to answer all the EOS and photographic queries in Canon-centric magazine PhotoPlus.