You Shoot on Manual Mode because You're Smarter than your Camera

You can still take good photos with an entry-level camera!

A lot of us have received a camera for Christmas. Sometimes we think that if we have the best kind of camera, we’ll take awesome photos. Sooner or later, you discover that your photos are no better than your iPhone, and you still take photos from your fancy camera on “Auto” mode. Did you know that you have an amazing, powerful tool in your hands?

The Camera Crush is a group of professional photographers who want to see your face light up with amazement when you learn how to change all those funky dials on your new camera, no matter what kind of camera it is. We want to give you the best hands-on guidance we possibly can so that you can take photos that are so good, your neighbors will start joking that you should start a business! (More on that, later!)

A photo of my favorite furry friend taken with a camera using MANUAL MODE. I used my ancient Canon 20D DSLR, which was a mid-pro DSLR that came out more than a decade ago in 2004. It’s not the best of cameras, but throw on a cheap 50mm lens, turn the dial on Manual, and you’ll crush it!

A photo of my favorite furry friend taken with a camera using MANUAL MODE. I used my ancient Canon 20D DSLR, which was a mid-pro DSLR that came out more than a decade ago in 2004. It’s not the best of cameras, but throw on a cheap 50mm lens, turn the dial on Manual, and you’ll crush it!

Taking Pictures on Auto Mode Ruins Your Shot

The reason why we take a photo, is that we see something really neat, and your brain has a quick vision of what this moment would look like captured in a picture. With your camera shooting mode dial set to Auto, once you click the shutter you’ll capture that moment with the exposure settings that your camera THINKS is ideal.

DON’T FALL INTO THE AUTO MODE TRAP!

We at Camera Crush don’t want to see friends fall into traps that make them take horrible photos. Nope!

Your Dog is Too Cute to Deserve Photos Taken on Auto Mode!

When your dog stares at you with those eyes, you want those eyes to be the focus point. I love my rat terrier, Woody, and I wanted to take shots where his eyes are in focus. I don’t care if his ears are slightly blurry, I just love that softness of a wide open aperture.

Photo taken on Manual mode, ISO 800, f/1.4, 1/500 shutter speed.

Photo taken on Manual mode, ISO 800, f/1.4, 1/500 shutter speed.

Photo taken on AUTO mode. Golly, this Auto mode is making my puppy look 10 times older than he really is. You can see his white hairs and wrinkles. My camera on Auto mode automatically popped the flash. The camera chose ISO 400, f/4.0, and 1/60 seconds for shutter speed. Hey camera, don’t tell me what to do, my lens can go down to f/1.4!

Photo taken on AUTO mode. Golly, this Auto mode is making my puppy look 10 times older than he really is. You can see his white hairs and wrinkles. My camera on Auto mode automatically popped the flash. The camera chose ISO 400, f/4.0, and 1/60 seconds for shutter speed. Hey camera, don’t tell me what to do, my lens can go down to f/1.4!

You are Smarter than Your Camera

This is kind of obvious, but remember this when you’re first learning how to shoot on Manual. Getting to know your camera buttons is a little like learning how to drive for the first time. A lot of us are afraid to “mess it up”. Some folks are afraid of changing a setting in fear that they may never be able to change it back again or figure it out. But have no fear!

Auto vs. Manual Mode, can you tell the difference?

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At The Camera Crush, we believe that you’re smarter than your camera. Crush your camera doubts and get ready to take pictures that will get so many Ooohs and Aaahs at your next family dinner party!

~Ling

Ling - Photographer