Tips for Shooting in Manual Mode

If you have been keeping up with our Shooting in Manual Mode series, you hopefully have a better understanding of Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO. In this final installment, here are three more tips to help you master manual mode. White Balance White balance has to do with the idea of color temperature. Color temperature is a way of measuring the quality of your light source. Different kinds of light can make the whites in a photo appear to have a colorcast to them. Fluorescent lights make whites appear bluish and Tungsten lights make whites appear yellow. Your camera has settings to help control the white balance of your images. [sc:adsense ] Manual Focus Shooting in manual mode is not the same thing as shooting in manual focus. Manual mode allows you to control the way your … [Read more...]

Understanding Shutter Speed

Shutter speed is one of the three parts of photography, ISO and Aperture are the other two. Shutter speed is responsible for freezing action or blurring motion. What is Shutter Speed? Shutter speed is the length of time a camera shutter is open to expose light to the camera sensor. With a fast shutter speed, you can completely freeze action. If the shutter speed is slow, you will create a blurred effect. Moving objects will appear blurred along the line of the motion blur. Another use for slow shutter speeds is used to shoot images at night, to photograph lightning, and to create a sense of motion with rivers or waterfalls. If you remember nothing about shutter speed, remember this: high shutter speeds freeze action and low shutter speeds create motion. Shutter speed is measured … [Read more...]