One of the most debated questions for beginning photographers is when and how to switch from auto mode to manual mode. I’ll give you the 5 tips I used to make the transition easier and more enjoyable. The when part I suggest you do it sooner rather than later.
In the two photos above the difference is subtle. The first was taken in auto mode and the settings the camera selected where ISO 500, f/1.8 and a shutter speed of 1/40s. The second was taken in manual mode and the settings I selected where ISO 2000, f/5.6 and a shutter speed of 1/15s. One of the advantages of using manual mode is the creative flexibility it gives you. In auto mode the f/1.8 is good if you want a shallow depth of field, however, if you want more depth of field you would need to use manual mode or aperture priority to achieve an f/5.6 depth of field. Yes, I know that a shutter speed of 1/15s might be a bit slow for handheld shots but I have pretty steady hands.
If you follow this tips it will make it more enjoyable and less of a task. At the beginning it will be a bit of a head scratcher but you’ll get the hang of it. Don't worry much about composition starting out, just take the shot. After you feel more comfortable, then you can start thinking about composition. Always pay attention if the picture is over or under exposed.
That is all for now. Hope these tips are helpful and as always it’s an honor to have you as my readers. If you have any questions leave a comment below or use the contact tab to reach me personally and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Please share this post and help others.
Thank you and keep shooting;
Through the Lens of an Amateur
Written by Ricardo J Martinez