There are tons of reasons why you should learn to use your DSLR in Manual Mode. In this blog post, we are going to discuss the top 5 reasons. Once you learn Manual Mode, it will open up a door to all sorts of new and exciting possibilities.
5 Reasons You Should Learn Manual Mode on Your DSLR
Here are top 5 reasons you should learn manual mode for your DSLR. Discover the possibilities!
1| If you don’t know how your camera works, you can’t fix a bad photo.
Auto stands for automatic. When you give your camera control to think on its own, you will start to experience ‘bad photo syndrome’. The only cure for this is to learn how your camera works. Shooting in Manual mode will teach you the basics of the inner workings of your camera. What setting controls what. With practice, you will eventually stop taking bad pictures. Practice makes perfect, and it will get easier and easier.
2| Stop taking blurry pictures.
Blurriness is caused by a combination of movement and a slow shutter speed. Learning how your shutter works will give you a better understanding of what your shutter needs to be for YOU to not blur the photo and to not blur your subject. Oh, you didn’t know that YOU can blur a photo? Yep, you sure can. Your body is naturally moving whenever you hold your camera. Even if you think you are holding it super tight, you still have the potential to move your camera which will cause your image to come out blurry.
3| Cure out of focus images.
When you learn Manual Mode, you will learn that you have focusing points. Focusing points are hidden from you in Auto mode. Focusing points allow you to focus exactly on your subject. In Auto mode, your camera will focus wherever it wants to. In Manual mode, you want to get your focusing point on your subject’s face. If your subject is at a close distance to you, then you will want to be more specific. You will want your focusing point on the eye facing closest to you. If both eyes are on the same plane, then pick one- left or right.
4| Eliminate too dark and too bright photos.
Taking photos revolves around light.The word 'photography' means writing with lightClick To Tweet It’s all a balancing act of letting in light or cutting out light. Once you understand that balancing act, you will control the light and eliminate photos that come out too dark or too bright. They will come out evenly balanced.
Once you get the hang of practicing in Manual Mode, you will start to become more creative.Click To Tweet You will understand what Aperture controls, what Shutter controls, and how ISO can help you achieve certain settings to creative images. You can take a photo where everything is in focus or take a photo where your subject is isolated and everything in the background is out of focus.
So what are you waiting for?! Learn how to use your camera in Manual Mode and take control of your images. The best way to learn Manual Mode is to see if anyone in your town is giving classes so you can get hands-on experience. If you don’t have anyone locally teaching, then the next best option is an online tutorial. Check out Holly McCaig’s Master your DSLR E-book. For just $39 you can learn to rock your camera in Manual Mode and start taking better pictures.