Shooting in Manual Mode—Basic Settings

Who doesn’t love a good photograph? Definitely not me. As a newbie in photography, knowing the best way to take great pictures in manual mode is the best way to improve yourself as a photographer. We have listed five reasons below to take shots in manual mode if you have cold feet. By the way, this link contains a cheat sheet on manual camera setting.

During your training on the best way to shoot in manual mode, you should note the “exposure triangle.” This includes the ISO shutter speed and your aperture. These three components can be utilized to ensure that your light meter is at zero. Sounding too technical? To locate your light meter, look through the viewfinder. Normally, it is a minor line graph at the bottom which takes this form;—2…1…0…1…2+ (ensure you work with the small vertical flashing line or rather called “ticker” situated under the graph, that’s primarily is what you’re adjusting, nothing else).

Note: Always ensure that you know which side the + and – signs are on your camera’s light meter. A good example is that for Canons, it takes this form +2…1…0…1…2—.

Basics of Shooting in Manual Mode

Set Your Aperture: This will ensure that you’ve got great control when aiming to get a blurry background.

Set Your Shutter Speed: Ensure not to attain below 1/125; if your “ticker” (as explained above) isn’t where you desire it to be after adjusting the steps above, then perform the step below;

Change Your ISO: This is preferably done last by some pro photographers; this is because they love their ISO to remain at the lowest number as possible. Usually, you can get your required exposure by just changing your shutter speed and your aperture.

Now it finally makes sense right? Cheers we’re glad to have helped solve this issue for you.

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