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David Busch’s Point-and-Shoot Compact Field Guide by Dan Simon, David D. Busch

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Using Scene Modes

While the names of various scene modes, or the camera’s route to accessing them may differ, the basic idea behind scene modes is similar from camera to camera. The purpose of scene modes is to help the photographer best handle certain common shooting situations more capably than via one of the semi-automatic/manual modes (Program, Aperture-priority, Shutter-priority, or Manual modes, discussed later). With scene modes, all you have to do is identify the type of shooting scenario you’re dealing with and then set your camera to the proper scene mode. Few cameras will have all of these, but most will have at least a few of them. In Chapter 3, I explained how to access scene modes and other exposure modes using the mode dial.

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