5 basic steps to using your camera in manual mode plus one little secret that will speed up your understanding so you can start taking more creative photos.
Check the exposure in your light meter that is visible through your viewfinder in your camera. Nikon and and Canon are each a little different.
Pick an aperture.
Adjust the shutter speed.
Pick an ISO setting.
If the light meter ticker is lined to 0 you have the correct exposure.
Take the shot and play with your settings from there. Only by taking more shots and making changes in your settings will you start to master the concept of how playing with different combinations of ISO, aperture and shutter speed effect your image.
Here’s my little secret… I used this when I was first learning manual mode. I never understood why nobody told me this. I didn’t read it anywhere. I’m sure it’s out there somewhere but after 15 years of photography tutorials I haven’t seen this advice which should greatly speed up your learning.
✨ Before you do anything take a shot in full auto mode and look at the settings your camera chose for your lighting situation.
Go back to Manual mode.
Do the steps, punching in those settings your auto mode gave you and start playing with combinations from there.
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