Sunday, 16 June 2013

Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual Mode

This article from Picture Correct gives basic but invaluable information to the new DSLR owner on the benefits of using the cameras settings instead of relying on auto all the time. It is written by Andrew Goodall who writes for and is a nature photographer based in Australia. He manages a gallery in Montville full of landscape photography from throughout Australia.

Digital photography has given almost anyone with a camera the potential to become a creative photographer. These days even compact cameras offer features that once were only found on ‘serious’ SLR cameras.

The trouble is, most people who have grown up with point-and-shoot cameras have very little idea what these features are all about. After buying a good digital camera with the best intentions, they soon give up and switch to automatic.

Are the settings on your camera really so hard to understand? Of course not, but it can seem that way at the start, especially if they are not explained to you in simple terms you can understand.

Follow the link to read the full article: Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual Mode – PictureCorrect

One of the items covered in the article is the use of Aperture Priority to control depth of field. Here is an example of a photo I took recently where I set the aperture to F25, high enough to blur out the background but not too high to blur out the edge of the flower.
Dandelion Seed Head
As usual, this photo is available to purchase in a range of formats from a large stretched canvas print, framed or acrylic prints to greeting cards or i-phone cases at Fine Art America or Photo4Me


  1. Awesome shot! How did you get it so sharp?

    1. Thanks for the comment. In answer to tour question, I set my Tamron 70 - 300 lens to macro, set the camera onto aperture priority to help blur the background and then took 2 or 3 different shots at varying values till I got one where the edges of the dandelion were as shop as the centre - best result were with the aperture set at F25 Lower stops blurred out the background more, but also blurred the edge of the dandelion.