P Mode in Photography: When and How to Use it

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Just got your first camera and wondering what that ‘P’ on your mode dial is? Understanding program mode is one of the first steps in the natural evolution of getting out of auto mode and learning to take control of your camera. While program mode does have severe limitations compared to manual mode, learning to …

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Auto Mode in Photography: What’s Happening Under the Hood?

Image of a camera's mode dial set to auto, or automatic mode

Auto mode in photography is pretty self-explanatory, right? You just turn the camera on, point at what you want to take a picture of and click away. But what’s happening under the hood when we’re shooting in auto mode is a different story. There are multiple decisions that your camera will make in order to …

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ISO in Photography [A Complete Guide]

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In photography, ISO is a measurement of how sensitive a given film or camera sensor is to light. ISO is named after the International Standards Organization, an organization that determines and sets the standards for measurement for this sensitivity. Originally, before digital photography came along, ISO just referred to how sensitive a film was to …

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Understanding Shutter Speed

Shutter speed

Shutter speed, along with aperture and ISO are the three components that make up the exposure triangle. In this article, I’ll do my best to put shutter speed in as simple a terms as I can. First of all, what is a camera’s shutter? There are various types of camera shutters, but a shutter is …

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Aperture in Photography: Explained in Simple Terms

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Aperture makes up part of what I like to think of as the exposure triangle, the other two components being shutter speed and ISO. In this article I’ll focus on what is aperture in photography and how it affects photographs. So what is aperture in photography? The easiest way to think about aperture is that …

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Beginner Photography: How to Take Pictures Like a Pro

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When it comes to starting out at the beginner photography level, the amount of information you need to learn can be overwhelming at first. It can seem that there is so much to take in that you don’t know where to start in regards to how to take pictures properly. And there really are quite …

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