Being able to properly shoot in manual mode seems to be a rite of passage for many photographers, representing professional-level abilities. This helpful and comprehensive video will show you everything you need to know to consistently nail your exposure in manual mode.
Coming to you from Sean Tucker, this great video talks about how to get the proper exposure using manual mode. If you're wondering why you should be shooting in manual mode, it's because it gives you complete control over the various parameters and thus, complete control over the final look of your images. When your camera is in automatic or a semi-automatic mode, the decisions it makes to achieve a proper exposure may not be in line with the aesthetic direction in which you wanted to take the photo, or often, the camera may be fooled by certain aspects of the environment. So, it pays to become proficient at shooting in manual mode, and generally, once you learn it, you won't want to go back, save for a few specific situations in which a semi-automatic mode can be helpful. Check out the video above for the full rundown, and make a habit of taking your camera out for at least a few minutes every day and practicing what you've learned.