Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, or Manual Mode? – Free Quick Guide

I’m sure you’ve heard these statements:

Manual Mode is the only mode to use because it allows full control.

Aperture Priority mode is the best mode!

Both of those statements are untrue. There is a reason that the camera companies created the different shooting modes. Each one has advantages and its place within your photography.

Photographer and magazine editor Rhiannon D’Averc gives you the inside scoop on which mode you should be using and when.

What is the key feature of aperture priority mode, and what does that mean to your photographs?

What are three scenarios where shutter priority is the perfect and only choice?

Why is manual mode great for tricky lighting, and when shouldn’t you use it?

Rhiannon raises some very interesting questions in her guide:

  • Do you need your depth of field to cover a certain range?
  • Will a slower or faster shutter speed ruin the look of the image?
  • Can you allow more grain into the shot if you need more light?

If you want the answers to which shooting mode that you should be using and when, click below.

Photo Credit: Rhiannon D’Averc

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