You wouldn’t know it from its name, but Aperture Priority mode is probably the most useful and discussed among all the professional modes. This mode is among my personal favorites, and I believe that it’ll quickly become considered one of yours also. Aperture Priority mode is deemed a semiautomatic mode given it allows you to once more control one factor of exposure while the camera adjusts to the other.
Why, you might ask, is this certainly one of my favorite modes? It’s since the aperture of one’s lens dictates depth of field. Depth of field, along with composition, is [...]
How To Photograph Star Trails # 4: Get ready to shoot
When you’re ready to start your shots, make sure your camera is completely stable in its tripod, use a remote shutter release as this will help the camera to keep completely stable and not ruin your composition. Preferably use a control that allows you to define the number of shots you want to do under the same variables as this will not interrupt the cycle of the movement and the effect of the stars will be more fluid and natural. Turn all the lights off and start shooting.
In the first image, the settings I used were ISO 400, f5.6 and an exposure duration of 5 minutes. [...]
Introduction To Metering and Exposure
A camera’s metering mode generally refers to the way the camera itself decides which is the correct exposure for a picture. A cameras metering system is the brains behind how your camera determines the shutter speed and aperture, based on lighting conditions and ISO speed; in-camera metering is standardized based on the luminance of light which would be reflected from an object appearing as middle gray.
Today, digital cameras users have the ability to choose and adjust the wide range of metering mode, or how the camera measures the brightness of the subject. Understanding these can improve one’s [...]
There is a reason that Program mode is click away through the automatic modes: With respect to apertures and shutter speeds, the digital camera is doing a lot of the thinking for you. So, you might need the case, why even make use of Program mode? First, let me say that it is rather rare that I use Program mode, since it just doesn’t give just as much control in the image-making process since the other professional modes. There are occasions, however, when considering in handy, like when I am shooting in widely changing lighting conditions and don’t contain the time to consider all of my options, or [...]