I’ve feel so scatter-brained lately…
My intentions were to wake up this morning and write a photography post.
Then I followed my boys outside…
And got lost in observing their play.
Now, after some time playing outside and a run to the grocery store, I remembered what it was I wanted to do here this morning.
So, better late than never (which seems to be the story of my life), here are a couple of DSLR tips for when to shoot in manual versus aperture priority mode where you set your ISO and only worry about changing your f-stop (AV on Canon/ A on Nikon) or shutter priority mode where you set your ISO and only worry about changing your shutter speed (TV on Canon/S on Nikon).
The basic rule I follow is:
If you’re in an area with consistent lighting and/or you have time time to pay attention to and correct the numbers in your view finder… shoot in manual.
If the lighting changes quite a bit and your subjects are relatively still, but you don’t have time to fiddle with buttons because you might miss a shot (like an outdoor birthday party in a treed park)… shoot in AV (A).
If your subjects are moving quickly (like a soccer game)… shoot in TV (S).
My husband and I debated which mode to shoot in at an indoor birthday party. I said AV/A and he said TV/S. You’d probably be better off following his advice, but it’s worth playing with the two to see what you like. :)
Hope that helps you a bit!
Now, back to observing more outdoor play…