Please don’t click in Auto mode
Life Goals: Phone. Check. Laptop. Check. DSLR. Check.
“Once you go the DSLR way, there’s no going back.” – Old Chinese Quote
“I had a professional photo-shoot done, and DSLRs make me look so gorg-uh-licious that I don’t even want to click selfies anymore.” – Former Selfie Addict.
“I used to be extremely camera shy and my pictures used to come out like an iguana high on sugar candies but now my friend has a DSLR! Now I’m an iguana in HD.” – Amateur Shuttershy Activist
Now everyone’s buying a DSLR. Why wouldn’t they? It’s such a handsome gizmo and it is the licence to create another one of those *so and so* Photography pages and a wonderful opportunity to pay extra in those precious art museums. Enthusiastic newly DSLR’d folks are simply so beautiful. Walking around with their black box, clicking at least a thousand pretty flowers and annoying their camera shy friends – it’s a lovely phase.
There is only ONE rule though. Don’t drop your camera.
But in all seriousness, the actual ONE rule is: Please don’t click in Auto mode.
Say you’re at a tourist spot, you see other folks with a camera just like yours; you smile, because with your new camera you are now one of them too. You’re just happy that you finally got rid of your pathetic phone camera and now you have a fancy viewfinder and adjustable zoom and it’s magical. So, you’re just clicking pictures, doing your thing, mentally enrolling yourself to the Universal Photographers’ Community because photographers are so amazing, right? Sure. But once they peep at your camera and see you using Auto mode, boy, are they going to take offense!
That’s the thing with these photographers. There is nothing that they hate more than Auto mode. The beauty of a DSLR can attain total comprehension only when its manual mode is exploited.
Well, as a newbie DSLR owner, you can start with the Exposure Triangle and how each of them performs a certain function which helps in clicking a picture of enhanced quality.
The primary job description of each of the vertices of the exposure triangle is to control light. Apart from this, each of them has an additional Unique Selling Point (USP) which makes them useful in specific cases.
Light: Higher the shutter speed, lesser time will the shutter be open and conclusively lesser amount of light enters.
USP: Higher shutter speeds are used to capture motion; lower shutter speeds are used for long exposure shots.
Light: Higher the aperture, lower the F number, larger the uncovered diameter of the lens thus allowing larger amount of light to get captured.
USP: Higher apertures give better depth of fields i.e. blurring of everything else but the subject.
Light: Higher the ISO, larger the exposure.
USP: Actually, ISO doesn’t have a Unique Selling Point but it does have a reason why it is usually the last resort during exposure adjustments. Higher the ISO, larger is the noise, making your picture grainier and deteriorating its quality as a compromise.
Well, once you get used to playing around these settings, it opens a door to a whole new world where you can choose only the parts you like and hang it on your wall. You can finally figure out why your camera has so many buttons and dials, right?
“It doesn’t matter how many bad shots you take. All that matters is how many friends you have left after you get four hour photo-shoots from them and then you end up saying that they don’t have a camera face.”– Recently Divorced Because He Deleted Wife’s Bold & Beautiful to Accommodate His Reject Pile.