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The auto-exposure system in my Nikon D-SLR is very clever – sometimes too clever! Most of the time I can just choose one of the camera’s automatic exposure modes and fire away, leaving the camera to work to the shutter speed, lens aperture or both. But this doesn’t always give me the results you want, so I’m left wresting with metering modes, EV
compensation and the exposure lock button as I try to second-guess and then correct what the camera is trying to do.
So there comes a point (sooner rather than later, with me) where I just say “hang it!” and switch to manual mode. Your Nikon’s exposure settings might look complicated, but the principles are actually quite simple, and you can start to get the exposures you want rather than having to rely on the camera’s best guess.
And that’s the subject for this month’s main feature: ‘ The Manual on Manual’. There are lots of times when shooting in manual mode is smarter and more reliable than auto, and we show you when, why, and what to do about it!
We’ve also got a great interview with action and lifestyle photographer Ross Woodhall, who has some great stories about his life on the ski slopes, and how he got started on his photographic career. If you thought
turning pro took years of planning, training and investment, then you need to read this!
Ross’s pro lenses are probably too expensive for the rest of us, but if you’re interested in a more modestly-priced telephoto, see page 90.