What is manual mode? All DSLRs and a majority of bridge and compact cameras have different shooting modes available for you to use. Most people start off with automatic mode, which means that the camera will take care of all the settings for you whilst youíre snapping away. This is great if you prefer to take lots of quick snaps, but there are ways to take creative control over the photos too.
Manual mode allows you to set the aperture, shutter speed and ISO: the three components to correctly expose a photograph. By adjusting each of these, you can determine what the final photo looks like, and can even produce different photography effects, such as long exposure.
Where can I find Manual Mode?
Most cameras have a dial sitting on top next to the shutter button, or next to the display screen on the back. As well as a green camera representing Auto Mode, this dial will have a variety of letters, such as AV, TV and M, with M standing for Manual Mode. On some cameras this menu will be displayed on the screen, and you can tap through the options until you reach manual.
If youíre really stuck, itís always good to dig out the instruction leaflet, as this will list the available shooting modes on your camera.
How do I switch to Manual Mode? Youíll just need to rotate the dial until the indicator sits next to your preferred shooting mode.