Aperture Priority

You're probably thinking where is aperture priority on my camera, well its simple. If you own a DSLR it's rather easy to find and use it, if you are unsure of making the jump to manual or finding that you would like to further your camera skills and get out of auto mode. This is a quick article for you...

Listed below is some quick tips on finding aperture priority and working with it!

1. For Canon users this is the AV button below M (manual), for Nikon this is the A button below M (manual) same concept for both.

2. What does this do exactly? Well it guesses what aperture to shoot at, sort of like a cross between Auto and Manual.

3. What are some advantages to Aperture Priority? If you are looking to learn more about your camera and what each setting means on your camera, this is something to consider. Shooting manual is scary, but shooting Aperture Priority is that small step between that can help clarify what Aperture, Exposure, or even ISO that you should be at.

4. What are some Pros to shooting Aperture Priority?

  1. You can see the change in camera settings as you shoot and see what changes for the camera to achieve the "Ideal exposure and image".
  2. While Aperture Priority is not always right, it helps you to find the Deductive Reasoning behind how to compensate for proper exposure, Thus helping to achieve great work.
  3. Aperture priority is not Auto, nor is it Manual so you will learn when flash is necessary for times when Aperture Priority does not evaluate proper exposure.
  4. Aperture Priority is not Manual, by any means at all, but is a great way to learn your camera at your own pace without the Embarrassment  or guilt of not knowing how to use a DSLR. (Don't worry, we all try this setting out at some point).

5. What are some Cons to shooting Aperture Priority?

  1. Like I mentioned before, it is not Manual nor is it Auto, So you actually have to pay attention to the switches when they are right or wrong.
  2. The camera will Guess and get it wrong, thats ok thats part of learning your camera.
  3. Lenses do play a part in proper exposure, so does the lighting.
  4. Aperture Priority will not Assist with a flash because it will try to guess the right exposure in low light situations, Thus resulting in UNDER EXPOSED images.

Hopefully the tips above help you! feel free to comment if you have further questions. (P.S. the comment box is next to the topic title, just have to click the blurb box)

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