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Tips and Tricks for Getting the Pictures you Want

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There are two Priority Modes on your camera that can help make shooting easier while still having some control over the exposure of your image. When you’re shooting in a priority mode you decide which exposure setting you want to control – Aperture or Shutter Speed, while the camera can automatically adjust the others to ensure a good exposure.

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When in Aperture Priority mode keep in mind that when you use a small Aperture, the Shutter Speed will adjust to stay open longer. Long shutter times will pick-up any hand movement so use a tripod.

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Shutter Priority Mode (represented by Tv), allows you to focus on how motion is being captured, while automatically setting your Aperture and ISO. So if you’re shooting a track meet or a car race, you will probably want to use Shutter Priority.

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Think of Aperture and Shutter Speed as balanced variables. If your settings are giving you a good exposure but you want to increase the size of your Aperture by one stop (or click) - you will also need to decrease your shutter speed by one stop to get the same balanced exposure.

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Remember that using a very high ISO may add some digital noise. So always start with a low ISO and adjust if necessary to achieve the effect you want.

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When taking pictures, just remember the following: ISO affects Noise, Aperture affects Depth-of-Field (DOF), Shutter affects Motion.

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Be aware that a longer Shutter Speed will show any movement from your hand. Try steadying your camera or using a tripod.

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Remember that sometimes natural light gives you the most beautiful results.

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By adjusting your exposure settings you can capture amazing moments in low light and bright light.

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On a bright sunny day using a smaller aperture and short shutter speed may get you a good exposure.

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Shooting a scene with low light is going to need a larger aperture and/or a longer shutter speed. Remember to steady the camera if you are using a longer shutter speed.