Quick Guide On How To Shoot In Manual Mode Image
Manual Mode On Your Digital Camera

Over the next couple of weeks I figured I will explain how to shoot in Manual Mode with your digital SLR camera.

I can’t stress how much getting the correct exposure is important in getting a great shot, whether it is a landscape photo, or an action photo, or a travel snapshot. The correct exposure accentuates deep colors and makes sure that detail is visible in the proper places, it is important in conveying what you want to through your images.

When your digital camera shoots in auto mode it has to make a series of judgments or guesses as to what is the main focus of the scene and how to best expose for it.  A lot of times your camera may get the correct exposure, but its likely that it also gets it wrong a lot – mine does.

When shooting manually you can directly tell your camera how to properly expose for a scene; You can properly expose your friend’s face on a bright sunny day and capture beautiful vibrant colors.

About The Tutorial
This tutorial is intended for those who don’t know how to shoot manually with their camera and want to gain an understanding of what their camera is doing when it is in auto mode, what shooting manually can do for your photos, and what needs to be done to get a correct exposure. This tutorial will not go into framing or composing your shot, or all the possible functions on your digital camera, or even how to become a great photographer. It will be limited to the basics of how to get a good exposure, which is only one factor in getting a great shot. I hope that after you read this, and then you practice (a lot), you will be able to bring home the “correct” exposure every time. Of course, “correct” in this regard is very subjective, since not everyone will agree on what is the best, but it will be “correct” in the sense that it will be what YOU wanted, not what your camera thinks you wanted.

What It Will Cover
First, the basics. I will explain the main ingredients to a good exposure: ISO, aperture, shutter speed. What they do, and how they should be adjusted.

Second, combining the basics for the “correct” exposure, how the ISO, aperture, shutter speed interact and how to choose what combination of settings.

Third, the other basics. Other things that can help you obtain the colors and exposure you want.

See, sounds pretty simple already, doesn’t it?  Well it is, and hopefully anyone reading this post on shooting manually will be able to start experimenting in manual mode, even if you have always shot using only your camera’s automatic mode.