Beyond Auto: What the f-stop?!

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Be honest with yourself:  Are you an Automatic-aholic?  Do you shoot in Auto or P Mode because you have no idea what the other modes on your camera are for?  And by other modes, I’m not referring to the ‘Scene Modes’ that come preprogrammed on some cameras.  Nope, I’m talking about the other other modes on your camera.  You know – the ones you avoid.  The ones that don’t have cute little icons like a flower or running man to help you, but instead are comprised of some weird little alphabet soup of letters like:

A, Av, S, Tv and (*gasp*) M

Sound familiar?  If so, then consider this your intervention.  It’s time to admit you’re addicted to Auto Mode and you don’t know how to stop.  Don’t worry, we’ve all been there.  But now is the time to break free and discover what your camera can really do for you.  Don’t worry we’ll take things slow.  In fact, today we will only discuss the letter A (or Av on some cameras.)  Nothing intimidating about the letter A, right? Continue reading