4. The Creative Modes

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Photo: Anneliese Voigt

Taking Your Photography to the Next Level

Once upon a time, long before digital cameras and program modes, there was manual mode. In those days it wasn’t called “manual mode” because there were no other modes. It was just photography. If a photographer didn’t have a handle on the basics of aperture and shutter speed, she’d produce a lot of discarded film. Now, thanks to the powerful computer in your camera, many of the decisions about how to balance those two factors are computed in milliseconds—but only if you choose. The other side of the Mode dial contains the Creative shooting modes, which offer ...

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