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25.11 - Using Program All the Time

#11: Using Program All the Time

Program exposure mode is great, but not all of the time.

Aperture Priority

Use aperture-priority exposure mode, A or Av, when depth-of-field may be important.

Use a wide aperture, say f/4.0, when you want the background blurry.

Use a smaller aperture, say f/16, to make the background sharper.

Shutter Priority

Use shutter-priority exposure mode, S or Tv, when photographing motion.

Decide whether you want the motion to be frozen or a blur.

What shutter speed should you try if you want to blur motion?

1/8th of a second works well for many situations.


For more, go to the Camera Settings Flow Chart.

The next two sections discuss how viewfinders can be deceptive.