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Shooting Manual 101: Understanding ISO, Shutter speed and Aperture.

Before we start talking about shooting Manual on your DSLR or mirrorless camera. You need to know how ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed work together to make your image great!

ISO is something that has only been put into cameras in the last 20 years or so. Cameras never had the ability to see in the dark before the age of digital photography- there just wasn't the technology!

The higher that you put your ISO- the better your camera sees in the dark. However- watch out- you could be sacrificing image quality! So getting a more expensive camera will help with that!

Aperture is how much light goes through your lens. The lower the number- the less focus you will have. The great thing about aperture is the ability to have really creamy backgrounds.

Shutter speed is the speed of how fast your camera takes a photo. The lower the fraction of a second, the slower that your camera will take the picture. But watch out- you could get a lot of blur in your photos if you are not careful!

Hopefully, that gives you a little intro to shooting manual. The three elements have to work together properly to get the photo you are envisioning.


I would love for you to let know if any of these tips have helped you in your photography journey!


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