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Camera Shooting Modes explained

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Digital Camera Shooting Modes Explained

Part 1 

Understanding Shooting Modes:

Almost all digital cameras have some sort of controls for shooting. In this tutorial, I am going to explain one of the most important ones. It is called “Shooting Modes”.

1- AUTO

Right out of the box, most cameras are set to AUTO (or Green Mode)! In this setting, the user has no control over the camera’s decisions! The user will simply point and shoot. That is why it is called ‘Point and Shoot’ mode. In most cases you will end up with average photos, or pictures that you don’t really like.

2- P or Program

Program is like the AUTO mode, but it gives you a little control over the Shutter speed or Aperture, White Balance, ISO, and Metering. If you need to take a quick picture and don’t have time to set your camera, I prefer Program over AUTO!

3- S, SV 

This is “SHUTTER PRIORITY”. In this shooting mode you select the shutter speed and camera adjusts the Aperture for you. It is the best mode for shooting sports, action shots, or slow shutter to create motion blur.

4- A, or AV

This is “APERTURE PRIORITY” mode, where you select the Aperture value and the camera selects the right shutter speed for you. Aperture priority is very useful in Portrait and Landscape photography where you want to control the Depth of Field.

5- M, or Manual

In this setting you have to control both the shutter speed and the aperture. The camera does not have any control over these settings. You should constantly check your exposure and adjust it.

In Digital camera workshop for beginners on September 28, I will explain more details about digital camera settings and controls. Come and join us for a fun workshop on digital camera shooting modes.

Ted and Omnilargess Team

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