Participants always ask me about how to shoot and master camera manual exposure mode during the 2 day photography workshop in Singapore. When I questioned “ Why you want to learn to master camera manual exposure mode?” Their answers sometime surprised me.
1. The AUTO mode is for complete beginners, therefore learn to master camera manual exposure mode is for the Pros. This was a complete misunderstanding of the way professionals shoot.
Professional Photographers shoot in various creative camera modes to achieve the results they wanted. Camera Manual Mode is just one of the modes that your camera has. It is by no means more superior than the other modes such as Av (A), Tv (S) , P mode. Professionals would focus more on the final results rather than the shooting mode.
2. Learn to master camera manual exposure mode gives full control. This is another misconception of shooting complete manual exposure mode. Being able to control all the variables such as shutter speed, aperture and ISO does not mean you are in control. What is more important is your ability to make the right choice of shutter speed and Aperture. Going to complete manual mode does not guarantee that. Further more Manual mode is slow. By the time you adjust everything, your moment is gone. You need to act quickly and precisely. Manual is not the way to go. Unless light is the same every time like in the studio.
When to use Camera Manual Exposure mode?
I rarely use it outdoor when light is changing. I use it only when the camera exposure meter could not handle the situation such as in extreme low light condition. I also use the manual exposure mode when using fill-in flash in order not to let the camera override my decisions as TTL flash communicate differently with each camera model.
Learn how to creatively choose your settings is making your picture from just snapshots to power-shots by understanding the important functions of the camera rather than being bordered by the slow manual exposure mode in the 2 day photography workshop Singapore.