6 Simple Camera Hacks To Get You Off AUTO Mode Forever
do you have a digital
camerathat's always on
modeif so you're definitely not alone in fact most amateur photographers don't know how to use their expensive
cameras to their full potential and that's why they almost always take average photos that they don't really feel proud of but it really doesn't have to be that way my name is Mark Hemmings and I'm an internationally recognized photographer and photography instructor and in this short video I'll share with you six
hacksthat will finally get you off of the
modeand help you take photos that are so stunning nobody will believe it was you who took them now I know that's a big promise and if you're struggling with the technical side of your
camerayou're probably a bit skeptical and I totally understand that in fact when I got started about 20 years ago I was also struggling with
camerasettings so I know exactly how you feel and that's why I recorded this video revealing six
hacksthat Pro photographers rely on to get high-quality photos for their clients in any photographic situation so by the end of this video you'll have the confidence to stop using the
modeonce and for all and you'll be able to quickly select the perfect
camerasettings for any photography scene exposure compensation is an extremely useful
camerafeature that's going to let you control the brightness or darkness of your photos what this allows...
you to do is make your photos brighter than normal for a cheerful appearance or darker for a more moody atmospheric appearance and it's really
simpleto do it's as easy as pressing a plus button for the
camerato increase brightness and a minus button to make your photo darker the first step is to find a scene that the
camerathinks looks good but you feel is either too bright or too dark now take a look at this test shot okay go ahead okay I feel this photo is too dark for my artistic purposes so I'm going to adjust my brightness level using exposure compensation I'm going to go from
moderepresented by the letter P if you use a Canon
models require you to press the Q button on the back to access exposure compensation if you use a Nikon or any other
model you should see a little plus minus icon located on the top of the
cameraor on the back by pressing these buttons to access exposure compensation you can now adjust the plus and minus scale by using one of your finger dials or the rear scroll dial depending on your
model you should be able to see a scale that has a 3 2 1 0 +1 +2 +3 by default your
cameras probably set to 0 now I'd like you to change from the default 0 setting down to minus 1 and then take the same photo ok here we go go ahead ok as you can see the photo is darker than the original that I took now I will get you to switch to the plus 1 setting and again take the shot okay go ahead ok...
and as expected it's a brighter photo because I didn't like the way that the
cameradecided my exposure first when I review all three shots I really like the brighter photo that was taken at plus 1 to sum up use exposure compensation when you either want a brighter or darker photo than what the
camerathinks is best next you're gonna discover what is Oh or also pronounced ISO is all about and how you can use it to freeze the action when photographing moving subjects ISO is a scale that usually goes from 100 to 3200 or more and it represents the
camera's ability to absorb light your
camerabecomes more sensitive to light with the higher ISO number which allows you to photograph successfully even when it gets dark outside this will allow you to create stunning photos no matter what time of the day I remember a crazy photography job where I was hired last minute by an international magazine to fly to Japan for a one-day photo shoot my task was to capture Tokyo Street scenes both in an artistic abstract way and also just normal shots of life in the big city because the Sun was setting and my ISO was set really low at 100 I was able to get purposely blurry photos when I wanted to get normal sharp photos all I did was increase my ISO setting from 100 to 1600 and this was the result a good sharp image when the evening light is coming and the light is getting lower and lower by increasing your ISO you can extend your shooting time even when it gets dark oh so by now...
you're probably wondering how to access ISO on your
model has different ways of changing ISO this Canon
camerais a good example of how to alter ISO on a standard DSLR if you're still in the program or pee
modeyou can stay there for now okay now let's take a test shot it's now evening and the light is getting really low and I want to photograph these people walking past me and I want them to be sharp my ISO is set to the default for this
camerawhich is 100 your
camera's default ISO is probably 100 or 200 ok let's review as you can see my background is acceptable sharp but the people are blurry so to fix this I'm going to switch my ISO 100 all the way up to 1600 which will give my
camerathe extra boost needed to create a sharp photograph okay let's take a look at the result a good sharp photo of both the background and the people by now you're probably asking yourself well if a high ISO is so great why don't I just keep my eyes so high all the time well the answer is that there's always a trade-off to consider a higher ISO creates a reduced quality to the photo so you really only want to increase ISO when it's necessary for example you would increase your ISO when you don't have a tripod and you want to photograph moving objects when the light is getting low or you're inside a building with lower lights check out this sample photo that shows the quality of a picture I just took by expanding the...
photo digitally you can see that the low iso photo has better quality than the high iso photo so I have a quick cheat sheet for you when you're photographing in normal daylight use 100 or 200 ISO when photographing in mid-morning or mid-afternoon ISO 400 is a good option when photographing inside a building or sunset or sunrise iso 800 or 1600 will help you get sharp photos finally use the maximum ISO possible either before the Sun rises or after the Sun sets next I want to share with you my favorite
modethat I use 90% of the time to get all of my best shots aperture priority is a
modethat allows you to choose how much background blur you want in your photos and the
cameralooks after pretty much everything else think of it as a semi-
modethat benefits you by giving your photos a rich wonderful background softness I've ever wanted to take portraits that have a soft background behind the person but your photos never turned out like they do in the magazines well aperture priority is going to radically alter the way that you photograph people
foreverbecause it allows you to control how much beautiful soft blur is behind the person that you're photographing during one of my photography teaching workshops in Mexico my friend invited me to photograph an internationally known couple who were experts in tango dancing because I knew that they needed to be the center of attention in my photos I immediately blurred the backgrounds so that all of...
the visual attention went straight to them aperture priority can help you take the same types of photos okay let's get to your
camerawhat I would like you to do is switch your top
modedial over to AV for Canon
cameras or a for most other
cameras if you have a retro-style
camerait's easy just place your shutter speed dial to a now what I would like you to do is find a friend to stand in for a test shot if you have a zoom lens make sure you zoom it in for example you don't want a wide angle lens view you want a zoomed in view which looks better for portraits the next step is to alter your aperture an aperture is a small adjustable circular opening inside your lens that opens and closes based on your desire for a lot of background blur or no background blur a large aperture opening gives you a lot of background blur and a small or narrow aperture opening gives you a very little or no background blur apertures are measured in something called f-stops and to get background blur behind the person you're photographing you should choose your lenses lowest f-stop number on my lens the lowest f-stop number is F 2.8 but your lenses f-stop number may be as low as F 4.5 or 5.6 regardless whatever the lowest f-stop number is on your lens I'll get you to change to it right now okay my friend is all ready for a test shot I'm in aperture priority and the lens's aperture f-stop is low at 2.8 okay let's take the photo okay let's review do you see how nice...
and soft the blur looks behind the person this is a result of using aperture priority and using the lowest f-stop number possible I'm sure that you will be able to create the same types of photos now that you have a new tool in your photographic toolbox next you're going to discover why f/8 aperture has been a favorite f-stop number of many photographers throughout the history of photography my fate is when the opening of your
cameralenses aperture is neither very large nor very small it's sort of in between halfway open halfway closed but how does that benefit you f/8 is an incredibly effective aperture to work with as it'll give your photos a lot of focus sharpness which works perfectly well for photographing groups of people for at different distances from your
cameraf/8 is considered to be the lenses sweet spot a sort of universal aperture number that works for so many different photographic scenes and subject matter in the previous tip I showed you how to photograph a person with a blurry background but when you want to photograph a group of people within any type of situation or scene or location that's the time when you don't want much of a blurry background because some of the people who are not as close to the
cameramight end up being out of focus and bit blurry when you're more than one person in a photo and you want everyone in the shot to be focus sharply f/8 can help make sure that all of the faces have perfect focus okay I'm at...
an outdoor cafe now I'm ready to take a shot of people moving through this lovely Street don't forget to be an aperture priority
modeand change your aperture to an f-stop number of FA okay I'm going to take my picture and it may take a little while to get the right shot but I'm sure I'll get it okay let's review the photo as you can see everyone is sharp and the background is sharp enough to see a lot of details just the way I wanted it f/8 is a wonderful f-stop number to keep everybody sharply focused have you ever photographed a beautiful landscape scene but when you reviewed the photo later on you realize that a lot of the picture just didn't have enough sharp focus well the solution is to use a high f-stop number which will ensure that both the foreground and the background of your landscape photo is nice and sharp okay let's give this a try I'm on a lovely Riverside right now and I want to practice capturing as much of the scene with sharp focus as possible both the green grass in front of the
cameraand the land on the other side of the river so with my
camerastill on aperture priority I'm setting my f-stop number to f-16 now because it's daytime and it's very sunny I don't need a tripod but before and after midday you may need to use a tripod to avoid blurry photos okay I'm going to take the picture okay as you can see the grass immediately in front of the
cameraand the distant land are all sharply InFocus this...
is a great success now just to show you what happens when you photograph the scene with a low f-stop number such as f2 now as you can see the photo doesn't look as good because landscape shots really require sharpness both in front of the lens all the way to the distant horizon that's what happens when you shoot with a low F number in a landscape setting so to sum up when you're photographing landscapes try a higher f-stop number like maybe f11 f-16 f-22 which will allow you to get sharpness both in front of the
camerathe foreground and all the way to the distant horizon have you ever seen magazine photos of waterfalls where the water is wonderfully smooth or the opposite where you can see every single water droplet shutter priority
modegives you the creative freedom to manipulate that capture of water smooth and silky or clearly defined a shutter speed is simply the amount of time it takes for a shutter to first open and then close a fast shutter speed freezes fast-moving objects and a slow shutter makes fast moving objects blurry shutter priority is a
modewhere you choose the shutter speed on a standard DSLR like this Canon set your upper
modedial to TV if you're a Nikon user or have a
camerafrom a different manufacturer set your dial to s
modefor the photos that I'm gonna take of this fountain I am first going to use a one second exposure to show you how you can make water appear beautifully blurred don't forget that you'll need a...
tripod for this type of photo or at least a stable platform like a chair a rock a garbage can or anything that you can find to keep your
camerastill this type of photography works best either early morning or late evening it's almost impossible to get this type of photography in the daytime unless you purchase special lens filters also in tip number 2 I showed you how to adjust your ISO make sure that your ISO number is the lowest possible which for most
cameras is iso100 or iso 200 okay with your shutter speed set at one second and your
camerais in shutter priority
modeyou're ready to take the photo as soon as you gently click the shutter button let go of the
cameraso you don't shake it just let the
camerarecord for the full one second and then review so what do you think did it work the environment surrounding the fountain is good and sharp and the water is silky smooth now that's the way to shoot in shutter priority
modebut that's not all let me now show you how to freeze the water by choosing a faster shutter speed instead of one second I would like you to now change your shutter speed all the way to one 250th of a second also called 1 over 250 this is a fast shutter speed and it'll help you freeze the water in place because it's getting dark outside now I need to increase my ISO to the highest amount possible for your
camerathat might be ISO 1600 3200 or maybe even higher ready to take the same picture this time with a fast shutter...
speed to freeze the water ok let's compare the two photos one at a slow shutter speed of one second which has a nice soft blur and the other at 1 250th of a second which is a fraction of a second and this one has the streams of water nice and sharp okay I hope you enjoyed these six photography
hacksand I promise you that once you start using them you'll never have to rely on the
modeagain with that said there's only so much I could share in a short video like this and while I didn't hold anything back there are so many other photography tricks and techniques that would really make a difference to your photos and while the technical side of your
camerais really important it's just one aspect of becoming a great photographer you see when I finally mastered the technicalities of my
camerait took me another 10 years to get my photography to a level where I was really pleased with it and that's because the creative side of photography is even more important than the technical side now if you're stubborn like I was you'll try to figure it out all by yourself that's what I did and after 10 years of being a full-time photographer I finally felt confident about my photos but it took me so long and it was so difficult that I wanted to create an easier option for people like you who want to take stunning photos without wasting 10 years of your life to get there and that's exactly why I created digital
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