Monthly Archives: April 2012

Shooting in Manual Mode

Shooting in Manual Mode 

In order to get the most out of this tutorial, you should first read and know our tutorial on Exposure: Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO.Reading and understanding that tutorial will help to make much more sense of this tutorial on Manual Mode 

I hear a lot of photographers proudly proclaim, “I shoot only in Manual Mode” Which I suppose is good. You certainly should know how to even though I will confess I use one or another Semi-auto modes (AV/A – TV/S) about 50% of the time. But I do think that an essential part of knowing photography is to know how to shoot in Manual Mode. 

But it surprised me while assisting teaching a Photography class that had the requirement of knowing how to shoot in manual mode. That a good number that said they did, did not really when it came time to. Yes they shot in manual mode but they really didn’t understand what to do and the biggest part they didn’t know was how to meter. In fact a good many didn’t know where their meter even was on their camera. 

And that’s okay, that’s why we’re here. 

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The Basics of Exposure – Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO

The Basics of Exposure

Have your camera handy so you can follow along and look at the settings on your camera as we talk about each of them. 

Exposure, exposure is getting the perfect amount of light onto your digital sensor or film. We want to have as good exposure as possible so that we have detail in both shadow and bright areas; there is contrast (The range from dark to light) and good color. We’ll talk about the 3 things that control exposure and then how to use each of those to make every photograph you take artistically interesting and also how to balance the 3 for a perfect exposure.

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How to get the Color right in your Black & White Images

To quote Kyle’s Mom from South Park, “What, what, WHAT?! Have you gone mad, man?! There is no color in a black and white image!” Well no, there isn’t, but there is a correct way that those colors should be converted and represented in a black and white image. 

Here, let me show you what I mean. Here are color images of three automobiles:

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Not a Cloud in the Sky

How many times have you heard, “Oh what a beautiful day, not a cloud in the sky”? Those are the days my camera and I stay home and watch TV. (My camera likes to watch; Travels to the Edge with Art Wolfe, he gets to see his cousins) Being a landscape photographer I can’t think of anything more boring than a cloudless sky. Clouds add so much interest to almost any scene it really isn’t worth venturing out when they aren’t there. 

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