Contemplative thoughts that infiltrate the mind.
| You manually turn off the light, pull out a chair, and shake hands, but do you use the manual setting on your camera? The automatic
mode on your camera is fine for certain situations, but you are impeding your progress. Disregard the other modes on the camera and focus on manual
mode. Photographing a subject in manual mode will open up a whole new world. Learning how to shoot manually is scary if you always let the camera
decide what the image will look like.
Using the other modes isn’t a crime. You don’t have to disregard them, but don’t rely on them all the time. Manual mode gives you the freedom to
choose the right aperture and speed to get the right image. Choosing the right aperture, which is the opening in the lens allowing a certain amount of light is
the best way to read the scene in front of you. You can study the photograph and gauge what will be needed to produce a similar scene next time.
When you print out your image, study it. Look at how the light falls on the subject, see where the highlights are. Check the shadow areas and study
the contrasting tones. Do this every time after you have taken a photograph. You will learn a lot by studying the image.
Your photography will take on a whole new process when you study the image. The power of manual mode will take your photography to a new level. You
will see your images in a different light. Your photography will change for the better. There will be a new appreciation for the art.
I believe the art of photography lies in manual mode. Don’t let the other modes on your camera take over the process. Keep the dial on manual
mode all the time. Be scared and shoot manually. Don’t just turn off the light manually, but do your photography manually.