Trust your judg­ment

You can use the set­tings sug­gested on auto as a start­ing point for your own

NPhoto - - Over To You… -

Au­to­ma­tion in ex­po­sure, as in other cam­era op­er­a­tions like fo­cus, is, of course, a boon, and helps to re­duce the agony of botched shots. But it car­ries with it a hid­den deficit – it stops you think­ing about what the ex­po­sure set­tings should be, so that when a scene is tricky, even for the cam­era’s smart me­ter­ing, you may get an un­pleas­ant sur­prise. Step one to stay­ing in tune with ex­po­sure is to ob­serve and note the three set­tings that your Nikon’s au­to­matic ex­po­sure is giv­ing you: aper­ture, shut­ter speed and ISO. Too ob­vi­ous to men­tion…? You’d be sur­prised at how few pho­tog­ra­phers know what set­tings they ac­tu­ally use. Step two is to suc­cess­fully pre­dict when you need to over­ride auto, and by how much. When you’re get­ting that right most of the time, you’re ready to take over any time the sit­u­a­tion calls for it, and the con­fi­dence that comes from that puts you firmly in charge.

Learn­ing what set­tings your cam­era picks is the first step to choos­ing your own

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