So you got a new camera for Christmas and it's been left on 'auto'!
What do all those other camera functions mean?
The problem with 'auto' on a camera, is that the camera will decide on what it thinks you want. It will average everything out, and produce what it thinks. That may be what you want, but very soon you will become frustrated that you are not capturing the creative and more impactful images that you had hoped for.
There are three basic functions to understand in order to use your camera properly. ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture.
These functions will affect the light, the quality of the image, the depth of field and sharpness of moving objects. It's like driving a manual car, once you have it, its never forgotten. And it is a lot more fun!
ISO is how sensitive the sensor is to light. The higher the ISO number the more light is captured. However, take it too high and the image will become grainy. The lower the ISO the better, unless you want that grainy look.
Shutter Speed is the speed at which the shutter opens and closes. The quicker it is, the less light gets in. If you are taking sport photos, then you need a fast shutter speed to freeze the action.
Aperture is the size of the opening of the shutter on the lens. This allows you to decide whether to have everything in focus, or perhaps just focus on a key area, leaving the background blurred.
Using all three together allows you to capture and show more creative and impactful images. The video below has a good explanation and was produced by Tek Syndicate.
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