A Very Beginner’s Guide to Manual Mode in Low Light Settings

by SomeGirl on November 15, 2011 · 62 comments

Once again, Michelle from So, I Married a Mennonite has inspired me… :)

She wrote a great post yesterday called, “How to Shoot in Manual Mode for Beginners,” which I’ve been wanting to write/share for a few months now but haven’t.

After thinking about her post and how tricky it can be for auditory learners to glean information from written posts, I decided to make a video tutorial to go along with Michelle’s manual mode tutorial.

With Christmas coming up, I’m sure her tips and this video will be something my fellow DSLR beginning photographers will find VERY helpful! GREAT for shooting in low light settings around the Christmas tree with NO flash.

(What you’ll learn in this video: an easy to understand description of ISO, how to set exposure in manual setting, how to take photos in low light without flash, what to set your shutter speed at to avoid blur from shaky hands… if you have a good understanding of manual, ISO, and exposure this is probably not a good video for you.)


And for my fellow iPhoneographers… wouldn’t these be GREAT for Christmas??!! (Thanks for sharing these, Lorea!)

Fisheye, Macro, Wide Angle and Telephoto Phone Lenses at the Photojojo Store




How To Shoot in Manual Mode for Beginners – So, I married a Mennonite

31 Days to a Better Photo – my 3 boybarians


Btw, here are the artistically BORING photos I took during the video, trying to show the difference between shooting in auto with a flash vs. shooting in manual. I’m really quite embarrassed to show them, but I’m a person of my word and I told you I would in the video. :) You can find more photo examples here: Photography Tips for Better Indoor Photos.

left: auto with flash // right: manual without flash

I’d LOVE to see some of the photos you shoot with these tips… email them to me at michelle {at} somegirlswebsite.com and I’ll include them in an upcoming Photography Wednesday post! :)


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