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In manual exposure mode, the photographer chooses both aperture and shutter speed for exposure.

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What advantages does manual mode have over aperture priority mode?

I'm wondering what are the most compelling reasons to switch to manual mode on my DSLR. I mostly just use aperture priority mode so I have good control over the depth of field combined with an ...
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Manual photography cheat sheet — where can I find one, or what should be on it?

I have been trying to shoot more in manual modes (both camera and flash). At this point, I understand all the concepts, but all the adjustments slow me down. I'd like to have a "cheat sheet" with ...
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How to capture detail of craters on the moon?

How can I photograph the moon so that I see detail of the craters and mountains? I have a Canon EOS 550D (T2i) and tried "No Flash", "P" as well as creative auto mode, but to no avail. Every time I ...
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How do I know I have the correct exposure when shooting in manual mode?

I have a Canon XTI which I've been using for a few years now. Most of the time I'm been shooting in one of the "semi-manual" modes like aperture priority or shutter priority, but now I'd like to try ...
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Nikon D5100 M Mode (Manual) settings reset for every shot whilst the camera pointing to the same object

I've just noticed that whilst shooting with my D5100 using M mode settings reset after each shot. Say, the camera is on a tripod pointing to an object. I've balanced out the exposure to a 0, aperture ...
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Should I buy a DSLR to get started?

I'm really interested in getting into serious or even professional photography. I've read some articles about fundamental concepts like aperture, exposure, ISO sensitivity, etc., and I want to get the ...
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Help motivate me to use my SLR's manual mode

(Was: Help motivate me to go beyond being a point-and-shooter) I'm aware of the existing 'getting started with photography' questions, but what I'm asking here is slightly different: I've had SLR ...
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Why would I use manual camera controls instead of the automatic modes?

I'm very new to digital photography, so I still haven't gotten the hang of all this exposure and ISO stuff, etc. I have a Canon EOS T3. My question is how big of a difference does it make using ...
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Why is the sky in photos always too white?

Why do I never seem to get a clear picture of the sky during the day, even with white puffy clouds in the sky? It always looks over exposed and whitened out? I am using a Nikon D3100, no lens hood, ...
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Can I determine if an image was captured using Manual or Auto mode?

Is there a way to find out if a picture (once taken) was taken in Manual vs. Auto mode? My daughter is in a photography class and we both have taken images with the same camera. I sometimes put it ...
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Why does shutter speed on my D7000 change after every shot in manual mode? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Nikon D5100 M Mode (Manual) settings reset for every shot whilst the camera pointing to the same object My D7000 is not working properly. No matter what lens I have ...
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What can cause dark photos at high shutter speeds?

I have a Canon PowerShot SX500 IS. However, when I shoot in manual mode at a high shutter speed the images are very dark, almost black. On the other hand, when I use a lower shutter speed later in the ...
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Can I use exposure compensation in manual mode with auto ISO on a Canon DSLR?

When I use the auto ISO setting in manual mode I can not find a way to dial in the exposure compensation on my Canon 550D. Is this possible at all? I encountered this in a situation where I wanted to ...