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Are there cameras allowing shortcuts for manual exposure settings?

I can't speak for all manufacturers, but can answer your point 2. Canon does. Their higher end models on the top mode wheel (e.g. auto, P, aperture priority/shutter speed priority and manual etc), ...
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Why automatic mode is worse than manual?

It's not so much that manual is better, but that manual is more controlled. Shooting all the time on full manual will teach you what to do & what not to do. It will take longer & you will ...
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Are there any DSLRs that are only manual mode?

No. The incremental cost in actually providing modern features including priority and program modes is very, very small — but the reduction in potential market would be enormous. Because of this, ...
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Can different ISO settings be preserved when switching between different Exposure Modes on Canon DSLRs?

No. This sort of feature is available on higher level Canon cameras where you can have one or more sets of "custom settings", but not on an entry level camera like the 1300D.
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Astrophotography-what wrong I am doing here?

Basically, no-one on earth can hold a camera still for 15 seconds. Most people struggle at anything over 100th of a second. If you need exposures at that kind of length a tripod is essential - or a ...
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Under-exposed photos, Manual mode

I have a home office with a large window that faces south (towards the sun in the Northern Hemisphere), so it is a very well lit room during the day time. I just followed your instructions with my ...
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How do I stop having a black screen in manual mode

I have tried changing the aperture and shutter speed but it didn't help. Not to state the obvious, but what you change the aperture and shutter speeds to matters a lot. What were the settings you ...
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Focusing mode for macro photography

what focusing mode should I use Any AF mode that works for you is fine, but many people prefer to set the camera to manual focus mode and make fine adjustments to focus by moving the camera. You can ...
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Best manual settings for Canon 60D

Sorry, but there are no "best settings" - if there were, then the camera wouldn't have other ones. You need to understand the exposure triangle and know the compromises you make when you change any of ...
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How do I zoom in and out with Olympus Digital PEN series cameras?

The Olypmus Digital PEN series cameras are interchangeable lens cameras. The camera itself does not perform the zooming — you can zoom only if the lens attached to the camera is a zoom lens. It ...
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How to handle frequent, uncontrolled lighting changes?

Slight under or over exposures are not the end of the world. Shoot RAW and adjust in post. If the lighting is drastically changing, such that your settings would lead to blown out highlights or too ...
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Under-exposed photos, Manual mode

"In a room with plenty of natural light" That doesn't mean anything to me... a typical home/office will have a light level around 5-10 EV. Which would equate to a SS of around 1/200 to 1/8. If your ...
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Why automatic mode is worse than manual?

I don't think it's a great idea to be shooting in full manual. The same kind of people will tell you that auto focus is cheating... The semi auto modes allow you to control what you're interested in ...
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How do I stop having a black screen in manual mode

When you're in manual mode, you can shoot yourself in the foot all you want. This includes underexposing to the point of having a black frame. Check your meter. Unlike all the other automated modes, ...
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Long exposure closing the view finder and producing blank white photo

If your photo is all white it is over exposed. What are you taking a picture of? The night sky? Or a bright daylight scene? And while i frequently use auto iso , i don't use it for long exposures, ...
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Why is my Nikon D60's light meter causing overexposure in the non-auto modes?

Your Nikon D60 has several settings that could result in inaccurate exposure. Exposure Compensation The D60 allows for up to +/- 5 stops of EC. Spot Metering This metering mode uses only about 2.5% ...
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New camera same lens dark images

There are several things that could be going on here to cause what you are describing: Not all daylight is equal. Time of day and time of year both affect the angle of the sun in the sky which ...
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Can’t get full range of settings in Manual mode

What am I missing? Probably that the scene you are shooting doesn't have enough light to shoot at ISO 100, f/22, and any shutter speed faster than about 1/50 second if your subject is in direct ...
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Why would I use manual camera controls instead of the automatic modes?

One thing that hasn't been pointed out here is the difference between 'incident light' (the light falling on the subject) and 'reflected light' (the light bouncing off the subject). Your camera can ...
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What considerations should be made for choosing a manual film SLR for photography classes?

When many photography courses require a "fully manual' film camera, that can mean one of two different things: A film camera capable of being operated manually, even if the camera can also be used in ...
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What kind of camera do I get for my class?

Some point and shoot cameras lack the manual controls and RAW capture mode required, but I don't think any DSLRs were ever made without them.. So, these basic requirements will be met by any digital ...
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In-camera light meter & manual lenses

Is there a good reason that my camera, a D5500, can't use the exposure meter with a manual lens attached? Not really. All Canon dSLR bodies are capable of stop-down metering when they fail to sense ...
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Why automatic mode is worse than manual?

It all depends on the situation and the style of photography you are into. My Opinion When I'm on holiday and I'm just taking generic landmark photos I'll keep my camera on aperture priority / ...
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I can't get the aperture to stay at f/4 and shutter speed at 1/1000 in manual mode on a sony a6000

Your Sony 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 lens is not capable of opening up to f/4 through out its entire focal length range. By the time you zoom all the way to 240mm, the widest possible aperture is f/6.3. Your ...
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manual mode in DSLR with constant iso, shutter speed and aperture, intensity of the image still changes

What type of projector are you using? It may be worth trying a much longer exposure time, especially if you're using a DLP projector that uses a rotating filter wheel, or a CRT based projector. Either ...
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what is the best focusing mode for prime lens

There are special situations where MF will be more reliable, but most of the time AF is better: Lenses that are designed for AF are usually difficult to focus manually with great precision. The ...
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Why are long exposures limited in silent mode on the Lumix GX80/GX85?

This is a limitation of the electronic shutter used in your camera. Actually, it is a limitation of nearly all electronic shutters, some brands cap it at just 1/60s, some more, such as Panasonic with ...
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Is there a way to take photos manually from iPhones?

to take photos as good as photos taken manually from a DSLR? Depends strongly on what "as good" means by your definition. If it's good enough for a tiny phone screen and you're shooting a well-lit ...
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Are there cameras allowing shortcuts for manual exposure settings?

This is common on professional cameras that do not have direct dials for shutter-speed. On Nikon cameras such as the D500, you can enable Extended Photo Bank to add selected exposure settings to be ...
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