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Exposure Modes

Lesson 14 from: Mastering Your Digital Camera

Chris Weston

Exposure Modes

Lesson 14 from: Mastering Your Digital Camera

Chris Weston

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14. Exposure Modes

To get access to the aperture and shutter speed controls, you need to get off auto and into a semi-manual or manual mode. Decipher the different modes on your camera in this lesson -- and bust the myth that serious photographers "must" use manual mode.

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Exposure Modes

your camera has four main exposure modes. Now the two are recommend using most of the time of the two semi manual modes after priority and shutter priority. Full auto in program mode used. Ignore because these really are just for happy snaps. And then there's a scary one. The Big M manual mode. Now you've almost certainly read or have been told, probably quite forcefully. But if you want to be a proper photographer, you should only ever shoot in manual mode. Now how do I put this nicely? Bunkum. Most of the time, shooting a manual exposure mode is, quite simply, a waste of time because, unlike the two semi manual mode, you have to set both lens aperture on shutter speed. The camera is doing nothing differently. The meter is still telling you what it thinks is a correct exposure, but now you have to make all the adjustments. You end up in exactly the same place. It just takes much longer to get there, and in that time there's a very good chance you've missed the shot. So that leaves us ...

with aperture priority and shutter priority modes. In Alberta priority. You set lens aperture manually and the camera will automatically set on appropriate shutter speed based on the meter reading and any exposure compensation you've applied. You would use this mode when accurate depth of field is critical to the composition. Now, when the cameras set the shutter priority, you set the shutter speed manually, and the camera automatically sets lens aperture. This modes used when a specific shutter speed is needed to freeze or blur the appearance of time. Whether a sufficient light, these two exposure variables work in harmony. But what do you do when there's too little or too much light?

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