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Why Understanding Manual Mode is important

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To be completely honest I very rarely shoot in Manual Mode? When I talk about Manual Mode I’m talking about the ‘M’ mode on your cameras dial, not anything else like manual focus (that’s another post). And there’s 3 specific elements in manual mode that you have full control over – Aperture, Shutter and ISO. Primarily I shoot in Aperture …

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What Can Shutter Priority Mode do for your Photography?

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Last time we looked at Aperture Priority Mode and how depth of field can help you be more creative with your photography. With Aperture Priority mode the camera chooses the shutter speed for the shot. (image: Fireworks at Disney by Express Monorail) So this time we’re going to look at what happens when you flip it around and use Shutter …

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How to Use Aperture Priority Mode to Take Better Photos

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As I was writing 12 Tips for DSLR Beginners I knew I wanted to take each tip further and get into it in more detail. Something that I couldn’t do in the post itself or it would have ended up a book! I talked in tip 1 about getting out of Auto Mode at your own pace. And not feeling …

What is ISO in Photography?

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ISO in Photography Back in ye old days when I had a film camera (crikey I sound old!), ISO in photography was to do with how sensitive the film was to light. I generally used ISO 100, 200 and 400, for bright conditions, cloudy conditions and all round conditions respectively. But if you wanted to change your ISO when using …