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Best Way Learning Manual Shooting

What Is The Best Way For Learning Manual Shooting

Learning Manual Shooting sounds very complicated, doesn’t it? You need to remember to set the exposure, check the shutter speed, ISO, and Aperture. If you miss a step, the pictures get dark or bright. This is what many new photographers struggle with, and then decide to keep shooting in AUTO Mode!

Why Learn Manual Shooting?

Shooting in Auto Mode is the biggest mistake! A camera does not have a brain, so it cannot understand your artistic view, neither what part of the scene is your main subject, by learning Manual shooting you can force your camera to set the exposure for your targeted subject in the scene.

Isn't Manual Shooting Too Complicated?

There isn’t a simple “Yes or No” answer for this question. It all depends on how you learn photography and its principles. The manual shooting is the preferred technique for almost all serious photographers. Below are some sample photos that show why you need to invest your time for learning Manual shooting.

Manual Shooting in Landscape Photography

Learning Manual Shooting
In this example the brightness of the sky could easily fool the camera to make the foreground underexposed. By using the manual exposure, I forced the camera to expose the correct exposure.

In our Digital Camera Bootcamp Program, I teach the students how to start in Semi-Automatic mode (Shutter priority or Aperture priority) and eventually teach them how to shoot in manual mode.

Shooting in Manual Mode

learning manual shooting
Nicole is practicing manual shooting in Bootcamp Field Trip.

Another advantage of manual shooting is to set the exposure correctly for the ambient light and keep taking photos till the light changes. Snow, water and sand reflect too much light and make the camera to under expose the photos. In this photo I used aperture priority.

Aperture priority

The brightness of the snow made camera to under exposed this photo. The snow is not white anymore.
The brightness of the snow made camera to under exposed this photo. The snow is not white anymore.

Manual shooting

And the same scene using the manual exposure.
And the same scene using the manual exposure.

Do you want to learn Manual Shooting?

Digital Camera Bootcamp covers everything from starting the camera all the way to manual settings. If you already know how to operate your digital camera and want to master the manual exposure, consider our Night Photography Class.

Night Photography Class is a 3 hour outdoor workshop for intermediate photographers. It is scheduled for March 22nd. Check the link for more information.

Night Photography Class

Manual shooting in Night Photography Class
Manual shooting in Night Photography Class

Night Photography Class

March 22nd, 2019

Night Photography Class is an outdoor workshop for learning and practicing special techniques in manual shooting. Night photography provides a variety of challenges for the photographers. Our Night Photography Class covers most of these challenges and shows how to overcome these issues by using manual exposure.

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Night Photography Class

Adjusting the correct exposure is the main part of Night Photography Class.
Adjusting the correct exposure is the main part of Night Photography Class.

That is all for now. Stay tuned for my next photography Tips. We love to hear from you. Let us know if you have any questions, feel free to send  us your questions and we will be more than happy to answer them. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more Free Tutorials and Tips.

Ted and the Omnilargess Team

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