(This is a mostly a repeat of what I covered on June 21, by request from those that couldn't get in.)
How does being able to use the camera at the "speed of life" sound? Using the camera in “Manual” mode can be a very powerful thing. But there are times when using the technology in our cameras can be a great time-saver. The Semi-Automatic Modes (Aperture, Shutter, Program) are very powerful tools, and when combined with the Exposure Compensation control, can handle most photographic situations.
In fact, most of the great images that we’ve ever seen can be captured using one of the semi-automatic modes. So, let’s get together and talk about getting away from the automatic modes and how to get the most out of the “Program”, “Aperture” and “Shutter” modes (P,A,Av,S,Tv). We’ll talk about how these modes work, and how to choose the best one for a situation. We’ll also briefly explore when Manual is the only option.
What to bring:
1) Any digital camera that is capable of shooting in the Program, Aperture and Shutter modes and supports Exposure Compensation.
2) A small tripod is suggested to help with consistency.
3) Enthusiasm and any questions that you’d like to have answered.
We'll start by talking about how the camera determines exposure. We’ll look at the parts of a manual, film based camera and how aperture and shutter work. We’ll then learn how the modern camera works in these modes, including metering and exposure compensation. We’ll then use our digital cameras in each of the different modes to capture images that best fit various situations.
This is for those that sometimes use the automatic modes and perhaps occasionally use one of the others. If you’re already comfortable in using Manual mode, this would be a review.
We’ll meet in the brand new "C21" facility (previously known as the Briargate Library). We'll be in conference room B6. We’ll start shortly after 6:00pm (after I set up) and go until about 8:00pm.