For many new photographers, manual mode is a total no-fly zone — a mysterious land visited only by grizzled National Geographic veterans and exacting studio pros. It’s a dark alley filled with inscrutable menu settings and vague icons that nobody really understands. “M,” beginners assume, is not for the faint of heart.
Except that’s just not true. In fact, manual mode is the camera’s simplest, most natural state. There’s no digital guesswork going on about the exposure, no assumptions about what kind of shot you’d like to get from a scene.
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