Quickest Path to Understand Manual Mode for Beginners in Seven Days - Day 3

October 03, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

Welcome to day three of seven toward your easy journey to understanding manual mode on your digital camera.

Day 3:   Aperture of your choosing

The assignment for day 3 is to use aperture priority mode and practice taking photos with an aperture you choose.   Take many photos at various aperture settings and describe in the notes why you chose that aperture setting.  Did you get what you wanted?

Your camera should be in AV (on Canon cameras) or "A" for most others like Nikon, Sony, Olympus, etc.  The setting for ISO may have its own control as well, so for this task make sure ISO is set to Automatic.

Something I often do is try to guess what the shutter or ISO might need to be for that aperture setting.   Realize that the camera is actually still in an automatic mode.  We are just controlling the aperture and the camera will adjust both the ISO and shutter speed to attempt to provide for the best exposure.  Don't worry if your guess is way off because you will get better with practice.

I have created a practice sheet that I encourage you to use so you can reflect back on what you have done and also make you pay closer attention to how the camera responds to your choices.  Click here for the pdf.  In the notes column, you may want to indicate the light conditions because that will have an impact on the settings the camera chooses.

Come back for tomorrow's assignment.  And above all have fun.

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