A photographer can never become a true professional unless he knows how to harness the full potential of the camera. Unlocking the full potential will, without a doubt, help you take a lot better photos. That is what the manual mode on the camera does. It allows you to take complete control of your photos. You can alter each and every aspect to get the best out of every environment. Let us learn how to use manual mode on your camera and step up the photography game.
Why shoot in manual?
Using the automatic mode is surely easy. While shooting in auto mode, you are not really learning more about your camera and photography. The camera is doing everything for you except clicking the shutter. However, when you move to the manual mode, you are controlling all the settings while improving your knowledge about different elements and environments.
The exposure triangle:
Aperture - How to use manual mode
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Using the manual settings:
While using the manual mode, you must select all the variables carefully depending on your shooting scenario. Here’s a step-by-step procedure to use all of the manual settings discussed above.
Setting the aperture:
Decide whether you want a shallow or a deep depth of field. If you want a blurred background select a narrower aperture i.e. a smaller value and vice versa.
Setting the shutter speed:
Setting the ISO - How to use manual mode
After picking the right aperture and shutter speed, now it’s time for the last element of the exposure triangle i.e. ISO. Prefer the lowest ISO possible. You can always pump up the value if the exposure isn’t looking good. However, don’t go way higher to fix the exposure as it can produce grains in the photo.
Setting the White balance:
Conclusion - How to use manual mode
We hope that everything discussed above on how to use manual mode will help you in your next photography session. Your priority while shooting in manual mode must be to get the right exposure. It might be challenging at first. Only practice will make you a true professional.
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