Ok, let’s visit manual mode again…
I put together a little chart to help those of you just venturing out.
It’s a basic guideline for where to start with ISO, aperture, and shutter speed in different lighting. And a helpful companion to the video tutorial I shared a few months ago: AVery Beginner’s Guide to Manual Mode.
If you’re freaked out by the thought of shooting in manual, I promise it’s much easier than you think (and it used to totally intimidate me)!
(click here to get image on it’s own page)
Let me add that: Outside in bright light, you can shoot at just about any aperture (fstop). I just usually like to stay under f/11, but some go up to f/16 or f/20.
Keep in mind, that the lower the aperture the more blurry the background gets, making a more creative photo, in my opinion.
(Btw, the lightbulb represents indoor lighting that’s not too bright, the flame represents very low light inside – fireside, candle light, romantic lighting, etc…)
Of course, you know I LOVE and highly recommend the 50mm ($100) fixed lens for low light settings, so whenever you see f/4 or lower know that I mean f/2.8 or lower on the 50mm. :)
Be sure to stop back by next Wednesday for another free printable chart on when to use Manual, Aperture Priority (AV Mode), or Shutter Priority (TV Mode).
Hope you find these helpful!
♥ Michelle (aka SomeGirl)