For a little background, I’ve had a camera in my hand for as long as I can remember. (You can find out more here.) However, it wasn’t until just a little over a year ago that I first put a DSLR in my hands and it was my very own DSLR. I learned the way most probably do and that is by reading everything I could find, and mostly by trial and error. I began shooting everything within my sight. I took more pictures in three months than I had taken all of my (insert 24 here) years on this earth! I’ve learned a great deal by hands-on experience. And so when I decided to take a venture out of auto and into the world of manual, for whatever reason, I just wasn’t gettin’ it!
Then one day, it clicked! I remember emailing my dad (who is an avid photographer) and asked, “Is this really all I need to do to start?” I just couldn’t believe that by doing these three simple steps, I could take photos that were halfway decent and say I shot them in manual. All I was doing was “playing” with my camera, started snapping and it worked.
Anyway… (yes, that was a long introduction) I figured if this clicked with me then perhaps there are others who are not even as advanced as I am (Ha! I just called myself advanced! That’s funny. And no, I’m really not but do know there could be others who may have recently come to this particular place in their newfound hobby), and who could benefit.
Here we go:
- 1) Set ISO – this is determined by the available light you have. If the available light is: Brighter = use lower ISO number; darker = higher number
- 2) Set your Aperture or Shutter Speed – this depends on your subject. If shooting motion*, set shutter speed; If still object**, set aperture
- 3) Now move your exposure level indicator (what you see inside your viewfinder that has numbers on it with a zero in the center. Yep, I’m talking kindergarten here, but sometimes that’s just what we need!) until it is set at 0. (If you had set your Aperture in Step 2, now you will adjust your shutter speed. If you had set your Shutter Speed in Step 2, now you will adjust your aperture) and…snap!
That’s it! That’s how I took the venture into dabbling in full manual mode. I know, I know – there’s much more that goes into it to achieve greatness in your photos but for those of us who have been somewhat apprehensive to take the dial off of auto, this very well could be of assistance.
Now it’s YOUR turn!
Please share with me a tip or two (or three or four) of what YOU did to step out of auto and into manual. I LOVE learning! And I know I can benefit greatly from your experiences.
Thanks in advance ~ Debbi