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I hope you all had a great week.  What some fabulous weather we had for the school holidays.  I'm sure you will have taken some fabulous photos with the amazing light.

I love Autumn for the beautiful light at the end of the day.

I absolutely love beach huts and at the end of one of the days last week I managed to grab some time to take this shot.

Beach Huts at Avon Beach as the sun went down
This shot was taken on my Nikon D7100 with a 28mm lens.

When switching to manual settings we need to learn the BIG 3

Now we get to the nitty gritty and taking time to learn the basics of switching from automatic to manual.

When you have learnt to use the big 3 you'll be controlling your camera rather than it controlling the shot.

You'll be able to control exposure.

Exposure = the amount of light you allow into your camera

ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed are the big 3 

But One step at a time

How do you eat an elephant?  Piece by piece!

So that's what we're going to do.  Learn piece by piece, one step at a time.

This week:

ISO = how sensitive the sensor on your camera is to light.

  • SLOW SHUTTER SPEED = low number for bright day 
  • FAST SHUTTER SPEED = high number for dark day or night
  • The brighter the day you only require a slow speed ISO setting, meaning you can set a lower ISO number as lots of light will get into the sensor.        
  • Most cameras go down to ISO 100.
Bright sunny day slow/low shutter speed ISO100 required
  • Dark day or night you will need to up the ISO to a faster shutter speed, meaning you can set the ISO to a higher number as there will be little light getting to the camera sensor.  It depends on how high your camera settings go, but most go up to ISO 6400.  
  • Note:  A very high (fast) ISO can create a little grain in the image (or what we call noise) However, most of the latest cameras can deal with this admirably.
Inside a beach hut so fast/high shutter speed ISO1200 required

Now turn the dial on your camera to P for programme

This is not quite Manual, but we're getting there. 
The Programme button allows you to take a little control.  

You can set the ISO and you can play.  Your camera will set the Aperture and the Shutter Speed according to which ISO number you choose.

Go ahead and practice.  Take day shots and night shots and learn how you can choose and use the exposure.

REMEMBER if you have any questions at all get in touch or comment below.

Next week ..... Aperture :)


“If you see something that moves you, and then snap it, you keep a moment.”
— Linda McCartney