In the previous post, we discussed ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed. We had just taken a photo with a fast shutter speed and everything was perfect!
Well not so fast. Remember when I mentioned that the key to a perfect photo was getting the correct Exposure Level or the correct amount of light into the camera Sensor? Well just because you set the Shutter Speed to 1/150 sec, doesn’t mean you allowed enough light into the camera Sensor. It is actually possible that the photo may be to dark, especially if the photo was taken late in the afternoon, when the sun wasn’t at it’s brightest. So the real question is, “How do I allow enough light into the lens to the Camera Sensor to make that perfectly sharp photo?”.
The most important thing I have learned when taking photos is learning how to use your camera. By this I mean, learning to using the Manual Mode, usually there is a dial on the camera that has an M on it, this is manual Mode. You will probably see additional letters and pictures on this, stuff like P – Program, A – Aperture Priority, Auto – Automatic, S – Shutter Priority (also known as speed – the shutter speed). There could be pictures of a Track star, Mountain Top, and a few other types of pictures. This is a picture of my camera dial on my Nikon D90. Let me begin by talking about the different modes from a high level and what they do.
I’ve been asked, “Dave, How did you learn photography?” or “Dave, How did you learn to take such great pictures?” It is such a difficult question to answer, because it isn’t something you learn over night or even in a few days. To be honest with you, I learned photography by trial and error. I tried a lot of things and made a lot of errors. I even put the camera down and said “I quit!” Then I came back and tried some more and made some more errors. Then I started read books, watch YouTube Videos and read Blog posts from other photographers.