One of my January goals was to start using the family DSLR. That included ;earning how to use that tricky manual setting. But turns out, it’s not that tricky at all. After some googling, here are the basics of shooting in manual.
There are three main “things” you can control here:
Aperture.This is the size of the hole that light travels through. With that said, a higher aperture mean less light (smaller hole) and a lower one means more light (larger hole). You can find the aperture by finding a number with a “f” in front of it. Ex. f1.8
ISO. As someone out there put it, ISO is like the amount of worker bees. The bees take the light and bring it back to your camera. If you have your aperture at say f2.5 and ISO at 200, then 200 bees will get the light. If you have the same aperture and ISO at 400, then 400 bees will get that same amount of light, which means a much faster picture. Also, the higher the ISO, the more light there will be (and vice versa), though I’m not entirely sure why.
Shutter speed. This is probably the easiest to understand (at least for me ). It’s shown as 1/125 or 1/40 etc. The lower the denominator, the slower the picture is taken thus the more light there will be and you’ll get a blurry background. If it’s a higher number, the picture will be taken faster and and so less light and a sharper image.
So far these three things have been enough for me to get a near perfect shot, although I’ve only gotten to play with picture-taking indoors. If I missed anything, make sure to tell me in the comments!
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