This is a new type of post for the blog that is going to turn into a weekly feature. Beginner lessons that will start simple, with the goal of you understanding your camera. What makes a proper exposure* and how to creatively make a photo to your choosing using this knowledge. We are going to start at the very beginning and build your knowledge through consecutive posts with the goal of having you shooting in full manual mode by the end of this series.
For this post we are going to learn about the different modes on your dslr and what they allow you to do, in brief. Each of the modes to the right of auto will get their own blog post in the coming weeks to go deeper into what they offer. Covering the pro's and con's of each. If you have any questions on anything that I write, please feel free to leave a comment below and I will answer you back. Thank you.
O.k. so we are going to divide the mode dial on our cameras into two sections, to the left of the green box (on a canon) or auto on most other camera's and to the right.
To the left ....
Auto or the green box
P or Program mode
Tv/S : Shutter priority mode
Av/A : Aperture priority mode
I would experiment in this mode if I wanted to learn more about depth of field. How lower F-stops will produce nice blurred out backgrounds and higher f-stops will produce more in focus in the photo front to back.
M : Manual Mode
Putting it all together
*"proper exposure is used here in the terms of getting a well exposed photo.