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Decided to take the plunge and have a go at using manual mode on my camera.

 

I'm a bit confused though as I can't seem to get the exposure settings correct. Am I right in assuming that in manual mode I can only alter the ISO, shutter speed and aperture value? So I can't actually manually change the exposure myself??

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If you half press the shutter button it will show on the level indicator if it's correct.

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To be honest, the only time I use Manual mode is when I'm using my flashes. I always just use AV mode and then use the exposure compensation to dial down or up, if I want to over expose or under expose a shot.

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I shoot in manual a fair bit. You are changing the aperture and shutter speed to get the effect you want but really if you think of it that what you are doing it controlling how and how much light hits your sensor. Aperture is how big a hole the light gets through and the shutter speed is for how long.

 

So, not enough light in the shot?

- Increase the hole size (ie change aperture from f/11 to say f/6.3)

- Increase the shutter time (ie change from 1/100 to 1/50 but be aware of camera shake. rule of thumb is keep shutter speed number bigger than length of lens)

- Increase ISO

 

Exposure compensation is handy an I use it shooting in (A) or (S) (nikon). It will only have an effect in (M) if you have auto ISO as thats the only method it has left in manual to change.

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Decided to take the plunge and have a go at using manual mode on my camera.

 

I'm a bit confused though as I can't seem to get the exposure settings correct. Am I right in assuming that in manual mode I can only alter the ISO, shutter speed and aperture value? So I can't actually manually change the exposure myself??

 

By changing the ISO, Shutter or Aperture (or all 3) you ARE changing the exposure manually

 

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All change the exposure due to how they let light in to the camera or sensor, it's then the creative effects they have on the image that depends on which one you change...

 

For example:

 

If the image is under exposed I can change any of the 3 settings to make it ligher... each will have the following effect:

 

Aperture - more blurred background (shallower depth of field)

Shutter speed - motion blur

ISO - more noise

 

If the image was over exposed I could change any of the 3 settings to make it darker with the following effects:

 

Aperture - less blurred background (larger depth of field)

Shutter speed - freeze movement

ISO - less noise

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  • 7 months later...

Took about 600 photos in complete manual this week. Got 10 I think are focused enough and exposed appropriately. Fucking difficult.....but infinitely better than every time I tried previously where I would try 10 or so and give up. Trick has been to realise I MUST use the meter in the view rather than on the screen, because it totally changes when you lift it to your eye....can't believe how daft I was to not realise that before....

 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bigchrisholt/

 

...the dog and ducks is shit, I just like the dog wanting to be a duck.

 

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