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Manual Exposure Mode

Lesson 16 from: Mastering Your Digital Camera

Chris Weston

Manual Exposure Mode

Lesson 16 from: Mastering Your Digital Camera

Chris Weston

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16. Manual Exposure Mode

Jump into full manual exposure mode. Decipher the camera's meter to help balance the settings.

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Manual Exposure Mode

There are a few occasions I will use manual exposure. If I'm meeting for a silhouette, I might set exposure manually rather than use exposure. Lock button. This is really just a personal preference. When I'm using spot metering in a landscape scenario, I'm more inclined to work in manual mode, partly because I have the time to do so. On. It does slow me down and give me that time to contemplate. Some filters, such as grads and big stoppers, forced me into manual mode. Now, if you're going to shoot in manual mode at any time, you can use the analog indicator to help set the exposure. This appears along the bottom or to the side of the viewfinder, and it tells you when the set combination of lens aperture, shutter speed and I also matches the exposure value determined by the cameras Light meter. This is shown when the moving indicator arrow aligns with zero marker on the index. The numbers mark plus and minus two either side of the zero marker, indicating exposure above or below the mete...

r reading. For example, if the indicator arrows align with the number minus one, it's showing an exposure that is one stop under exposed. It was a line with number plus two is indicating an exposure that is two stops overexposed. The small marks in between the whole numbers are the 1/3 and 1/2 stop variables. So there are times when I get back to good old fashioned manual photography. But the truth is those times are rare. 98% of the photographs I take I take in aperture priority explosion.

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What a marvelous course! What a marvelous teacher! When I went to college, my father would always ask me about my professors, more than the courses themselves. He was passionate about learning and although too busy with earning an income to go beyond an undergrad degree, continued to read 50 books a year. I still remember how he'd get almost visibly excited when I'd tell him about some special professor who taught with such enthusiasm and, more than just passion, evident delight and joy in the subject. 'Ah they're the best, son. How wonderful you have such a teacher." Well, he passed away decades ago but if he were still around I'd get a kick out of telling him about Chris Weston, the 'Prof' of this course. He's one of the very special ones: a teacher who's loved and lived his vocation--his avocation--since he was a boy--and still is as excited about it now as he was then. The result: a course that seems to be more a labor of love--of pouring far more energy and thought into the details then one typically finds in these courses--than anything else. Bravo Chris! I'm already on to your next one.

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Chris is an amazing instructor who dissects theory giving amazing analogies that bring concepts to life. I have rarely been able to sit through most video course for more than a half-hour but watched this one from beginning to end. A good refresher course if you've been away from the camera for awhile or there are some concepts that still illude you. I highly recommend this course and look forward to watching his others. Thank you for the clarity and great explanations.

Sky Bergman
 

This was an amazing class. I have looked at a number of basic photography classes. This one was by far the best I have seen. Chris is an exceptional teacher. He breaks things down into digestible information and then inspires you to be creative. Thank you!

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