Ok , shooting modes, here they are :
the SIMPLE MODES have everything pre-set for you so you don’t have to get a headache trying to figure out what would work in the given situation:
The green square is “auto” – automatic. I don’t reccomend using it. Your Camera Wants You To Be Average or why NOT shoot in auto.
The woman’s head is for “portrait”. What it does is, it make the subject pop-out by blurring the background. Also called shallow depth of field.It also has special “skin friendly”settings that give a warmer and softer color to human skin.
The mountain is for “landscape”. It brings out the blue and green colors , so that your sky and grass are more saturated. It also has a greater depth of field so that everything from the foregroung to the background is in focus.
Flower is for “macro” or small objects,plants and insects – bugs, butterflies , flowers, close up portraits.
the running man is for “motion” – sports, running kids, pets, cars , horses.
the person with the star over his head is for “night portrait” mode with flash, where a longer exposition and high iso let you capture the background lights aswell.
And the last one of the simple modes is for turning off flash.
All simple modes shoot in JPG format only. To shoot in RAW format, you need to learn the advanced modes.
Let’s go to the ADVANCED MODES.also called “creative modes”:
“P” is for program, but honestly, I don’t use is because I don’t know how….yet.From what I know it’s a set of settings that u choose to save and use often.
“Tv” is for shutter speed. depending on the subject u might need a higher or slower shutter speed, a basic rule is if u have moving objects > higher shutter speed. Slower shutter speeds are used by night panorama shots for example. But than you need a tripod to avoid getting a blurry image. The camera chooses the aperture and ISO, according to your shutter speed settings.
“Av” is for Aperture – you want a blurry background? > Than pick a small f number. If you want everything in focus, a bigger f number
” * Portraits, Faces, and Macro Photography: Any aperture between F1.4 and F8 .
* Landscapes: Any aperture between F11 and F22. Use F22 for maximum sharpness.
* Everything Else: Any aperture between F8 and F11.” >
“M” is for Manual ,and here you have to choose everything or your shot won’t work out.
I first had my 1000D on AV mode for shooting the kids, for a nice blurry background. The problem is, the camera chooses the slowest speed and lowest ISO to correspond with, which often resulted in blurred children also. That’s why, for shooting kids or animals that are constantly on the move, better pick the TV mode or – shutter speed mode. At least 1/100 sec.
“A-Dep” is for everything in focus. Foreground to background. It’s the equivalent of “landscape” in the advanced modes. I use it for the stock photos, to make sure everything is in focus, but I still have a RAW file to edit.
So, how I learned to cheat with the ADVANCED MODES. And why? Well , advanced modes allow you to shoot in RAW format, that has much more editing possibilities than a normal JPG file. After struggling with the Manual modes, I just thought, Ok , let’s use a pre-set mode to take a shot and than check the settings to apply them in the Advanced modes. It works well for now….