All cameras have different shooting modes. In this article I will explain them and give examples of how you can use them to improve your photography.
All calculations are handled by the camera. Many photographers feel embarrassed when using this mode but honestly it’s often the best way to get the nicest shot.
Aperture priority (A or AV)
You choose the aperture and the camera calculates the best shutter speed to obtain the best exposure.
When is it best to use aperture priority?
This mode is best for situation when you need to set the Depth of field yourself. If you want to separate your subject from the background you can select a larger aperture and when you focus on your subject the background will become blurred. Read more about it here
Shutter Priority (S or TV)
You choose the shutter speed and the camera will choose the best aperture for the best exposed image.
When is it best to use shutter priority?
This mode is handy for quite a few different types of photography. Set your shutter speed high for capturing sports and other fast moving subjects without motion blur. Set your shutter speed low for night time photography and other low light situations. Read more about it here
Full manual (M)
All settings will be picked by you. This is for more advanced users and better suited for studio photography as light generally remains constant.