Save Time with Manual Exposure

cowgirl boot in stirrup with spur
Emily's Spur
Missoula, Montana

Any time you are photographing under constant lighting conditions, you can save yourself time changing exposure settings by switching to Manual exposure mode. The day I made this image of Emily's spur and boot, the sky was completely overcast. The light remained the same during the entire afternoon. So I set the ISO to 400, the shutter speed to 1/125 second and the aperture to f/8, and shot away. Doing so let me focus on composition and expressions and not worry about constantly adjusting the camera's controls.

Learn how to select the appropriate camera settings for any situation in Mastering Manual Exposure, an online class that begins November 5, 2020, at the Lifelong Learning Center in Missoula, Montana. Click here to register.