Digital cameras usually provide several exposure modes for your photographing pleasure. Although most cameras do an excellent job when left on autopilot, you gain a great deal more technical control and opportunity for creative image making when you explore the other exposure modes. Although the modes vary, some are common to nearly every camera. Typically, these include a semiautomatic mode, where you make certain exposure choices while the camera handles the rest; a full manual mode; and possibly a selection of scene modes that are designed for specific situations. Before we consider what each of these exposure modes is and what they have to offer you, let's take a look at the basics of photographic exposure.