Transitioning From Auto Mode to Manual Mode |

Making the transition from auto mode to manual mode is a tough process for most amateur photographers. You’re familiar with the terms ISO, aperture, and shutter speed. But you don’t really understand any of these terms, let alone how they work together. Typically, beginner photographers leave their cameras in auto mode because they think their cameras will select better settings than they will. However, as soon as you start learning the camera settings, you’ll start making better selections, consequently, creating higher quality images. The process of making the transition from auto mode to manual mode isn’t easy. But it’s well worth the effort.

Shooting in manual mode is a lot like riding a bicycle or learning to drive a stick shift. Even with great teaching, at some point, you just have to jump in and attempt it on your own, knowing you’ll make a lot of mistakes. I’ve spent years shooting in manual made. While I do feel comfortable with it, I still make plenty of mistakes. Until I started keeping my camera in manual mode the majority of the time I was shooting, I didn’t fully appreciate how much power and freedom it would offer. I promise that when you give it a try, you’ll quickly experience this same power and freedom, and you won’t want to go back.

In making the transition from auto mode to manual mode, I cover the following tips.

  • Learn everything that you can about manual camera settings
  • Start paying attention to your settings while shooting in auto mode
  • Start using your auto settings as a guide for shooting in manual mode
  • Attempt shots that require you to use a manual mode
  • Shoot in manual mode in controlled light settings
  • Seek out opportunities to practice manual mode on your own or with fellow photographers

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