Well here it is! Tip Tuesday! Today, I wanted to talk about shooting in manual. When I first started photography, I was using a point and shoot camera (Canon's Powershot). This was a great camera for quick, nice photos but to start doing real photography I knew I needed a real camera. My first "real" camera was the Canon Rebel XS. This was a GREAT camera to start with and I highly recommend it for any of you wanting to take nice photos or get started in a business! The camera came with a basic lens which was nice while I was learning to use the it. What I soon realized is that there are other modes other than auto!

Auto mode does exactly what it sounds like. It automates everything. Your white balance, lighting, exposure, and flash are all determined by your camera- you just snap away. While this is convenient, it does not take the best photos! If you haven't tried it yet, switch to manual mode.


Manual mode lets you adjust all your settings to be the best for the environment you are shooting in. Here are a few easy tips on how to use manual:

1. Set your white balance. This is the easiest part! Somewhere under the menu of your camera, it will give you an option to change the white balance. This alters the coloring of your photos (whether they are warmer or cooler). There are several options under white balance. First is auto. Again, this automatically sets your white balance- no no! Second is daylight. Use this setting when shooting in, yes you guessed it, daylight! Next is shade. Again, self-explanatory, use this when shooting in shade. Then there is tungsten. This is best for that yellow lighting you usually get in homes or buildings. Lastly, there is white fluorescent. This is also for inside lighting but when the light is less yellow.

2. Set your shutter speed, ISO, and f-stop. These settings will determine the exposure and brightness of your shot. This chart can explain it way better than I ever could!


3. Pick your lens. Lenses can completely change the look of your photo! I personally use a 50mm 1.4 most of the time. I also use a 28-75 2.8 wide angle. Here is a look at the different photos lenses can take:


I ONLY use manual for my photos (as you can see on my website: Paper Heart Photos!) I hope these tips encourage you to switch to manual!