|Harper's Lake, Greenough, Montana|
ISO 100, 0.3 seconds, f/16
The biggest challenge for photographers moving to manual mode is knowing which camera settings will provide a good exposure. You can learn this by paying attention to the light meter reading found in the viewfinder or on the LCD screen.
In the opening photograph, I chose the lowest ISO setting for the least noise, a small aperture to maximize depth of field, and adjusted the shutter speed until the meter indicated an average brightness exposure (at 0). While this seems like a lot to think about when you start, with practice it becomes very quick.
Learn how to read the light meter for the best exposure in Mastering Manual Exposure class, Saturday, October 6, 2018, in Missoula, Montana. Click here to register.