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How to Get Out of Auto Mode

Thursday, October 16, 2014

get out of auto mode camera tutorial aperture priority
Aperture f/1.8

On Thursday I post photography tutorials, and in every tutorial I have stressed the importance of shooting in manual. But I know there are people out there who are nervous about getting out of Auto! One way to solve this is to gradually ease into shooting in manual (that's what I did). Your camera has several different modes that are a step away from Auto. When I was experimenting and familiarizing myself with my camera, I practiced for several months in Aperture Priority.
Nikon and Canon top view aperture priority

On a Canon camera aperture priority is designated with an AV. On a Nikon, aperture priority is A. Shooting in Aperture Priority is pretty fun because it can gives you images with a blurred background. These photos always seem popular with bloggers.

Food Photography aperture priority
Aperture f/1.8

When you shoot in Aperture Priority, your camera controls the shutter speed and you control the ISO and aperture. If you're just starting out, you can set ISO on Auto, and all you have to worry about is the Aperture.

I touched on Aperture in my post about exposure. Here's a very quick re-cap:

Small number = more light = background blur
Larger number = less light = more in focus

When to use aperture priority

When should you use aperture priority:

- Sunny days, when the lighting is good, the photographer has less guess work. You don't have to figure out how to let the most light into your camera because the lighting is already great! 
- Portraits, I typically shoot portraits outside in good lighting. I really like getting the blurred backgrounds in portraits, and aperture priority is the perfect way to achieve this.
- Landscapes, You don't have to worry about moving objects when shooting landscapes, so it's not necessary to worry about adjusting shutter speed. You can make landscape photography easier on yourself by just adjusting the aperture while using Aperture Priority.

Bridal portrait with bouquet
Aperture: f/1.8
I tend to shoot portraits with a wide aperture (small number).

Corfu Greece
Aperture: f/8.1
When shooting landscapes, you typically want more in focus, so you'll need to shoot at a narrow aperture.

Are you trying to get out of Auto Mode? Have you tried shooting in Aperture Priority?
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