One of the most essential skills any new photographer should learn is how to shoot in manual mode. This helpful video will show you everything you need to know to start successfully shooting in manual mode.
Coming to you from Sawyer Hartman, this great video will show you what you need to know to start successfully shooting in manual mode. Shooting in manual mode is one of the most fundamental skills any photographer needs to have and really represents one of the first major steps you can take in taking full control of your image-making. That's not to say you should always shoot in manual mode; there are certainly situations in which you might find that shooting in one of the various semi-automatic modes actually gives you an advantage, particularly if you're photographing in quickly changing lighting conditions. But learning to master manual mode will give you a competent understanding of the various exposure parameters so you can make better decisions, whether you're shooting in manual or a semi-automatic mode and so you can take better control of how your images will look. Check out the video above for the full rundown.
If you'd like to learn more about balancing the various exposure variables, check out this article.