Quickest Path to Understand Manual Mode for Beginners in Seven Days - Day 5

October 05, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

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

Day 5:   Fast shutter speed and freezing subject

The assignment for day 5 is to use shutter priority mode and practice taking photos with a faster shutter speed.  Try using a shutter speed around 1/500 sec or faster.  Depending on the subject you may need 1/1000 or 1/2000.   When you are taking photos, document what the camera chose for ISO and aperture.  Also, make notes as to what the main subject looked like.  Was it sharp? Soft? Blurry?

Your camera should be on Tv (on Canon cameras) or "S" 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.

If you need some help deciding what to photograph, this shutter speed is good for fast-moving or stationary subjects, and bright light conditions.

Something I often do is try to guess what the aperture or ISO might need to be for that shutter speed.   Realize that the camera is actually still in an automatic mode.  We are just controlling the shutter speed and the camera will adjust both the ISO and aperture 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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