Mastering manual mode is one of the most fundamental skills every photographer needs to develop to take better creative and technical control of their images. If you are new to photography and wondering how to decode the mystery of manual mode, this fantastic video tutorial will get you up and running in no time at all.
Coming to you from Mango Street, this excellent video tutorial will show you how to use manual mode to take better control of your photography. While automatic and semi-automatic modes on cameras are quite advanced and capable (and even preferable to manual mode in certain situations), they cannot think creatively and they can be fooled technically, which is why it is so important to have confident command of your camera's manual mode. The best way to look at it is to remember that the three exposure parameters, shutter speed, aperture, and ISO, do not operate independently; changing one will force you to compensate with another. Much of working in manual mode is about choosing which parameter you want to control for creative purposes, then using the other two to compensate for technical needs. Check out the video above for the full rundown.