Trust me, I know learning Manual can be intimidating!
In fact, I was a professional photographer for three years before I “got the courage” to learn. I thought it was for people who liked math, or something….? I don’t even know why I thought that, because after you learn and practice – it’s second nature.
My MAIN reason I love shooting in manual (and the point I’m going to drive home on this blog): The ‘blurry background’ (or Bokeh) in my photos are ONLY there because I have my aperture low. If you don’t know manual yet, that word probably gave you anxiety. Push that feeling down and hear me out. There are only THREE things to control when shooting in manual mode: ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed. All of those things work together to get the perfect shot.
In this video, I go over HOW to shoot in Manual.
Get your camera out and follow along!
LEARNING TIP: Turn the control over to AV (JUST FOR A MOMENT) and make sure your aperture is set to a low number (1.4 is IDEAL but not all lenses go to that number so just go as low as possible. I go into detail in my video!). Once you’re all set on AV, you can see what your camera ISO and shutter speed automatically go to. Move back over to M and replicate the settings. I did this for a few days just to get my barrings.
Here’s an example that I show in the video!
The difference between shooting
with a low and high aperture.
The low number gives distance
between the background and your subject,
Meanwhile, shooting in auto will never yield
those results. Auto takes photos with a super
high aperture number for whatever reason.
A high aperture looks like this:
One of these things is not like the other. 😉
A cheat sheet! This is give you a visual reference to shooting in M. Once I started to understand what ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture was – this reference helped me concrete the concept in my brain.
LAST thing. You can have all the cheat sheets and videos in the world, but if you don’t practice – you’ll never learn. SO go get your camera and start practicing. I would LOVE to know how it goes. Find me on IG and send me a DM of your work!