Manual Mode

Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by MariaBee2013, Jul 19, 2010.

  1. MariaBee2013

    MariaBee2013 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2010
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    USA
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Ok. I need some (alot of) help using Manual mode. I have a Nikon d3000, the kit lens (18-55) and a 55-200 VR. Let me start off with saying..I have no clue what I'm doing. Yeah.

    When I used Manual mode inside, with the camera on M, but the lens on A (I forgot to change it), I could see the picture on the LCD after I took it, but I couldn't focus. When I use the camera and lens, both on M, I not only can't focus, but can't see the picture at all (I can see it thru the viewfinder, just not after I take it). It's almost completely black.

    I'm going to a concert on Saturday and I MIGHT buy a 50mm 1.8 or MAYBE a 1.4 before then, but they still won't do me any good if I can't focus in Manual, since they don't have AF on my camera.

    So, would anyone like to explain in simple terms what settings I need to put the camera in, and, if you're feeling generous, help me with focusing in Manual. Thanks in advance!!
     
  2. Bitter Jeweler

    Bitter Jeweler Been spending a lot of time on here!

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2009
    Messages:
    12,984
    Likes Received:
    4,971
    Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Get the book "Understanding Exposure".
     
  3. Robin Usagani

    Robin Usagani Been spending a lot of time on here!

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2010
    Messages:
    10,348
    Likes Received:
    2,174
    Location:
    Denver, CO
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Manual on the lens is different than manual on the camera. Ready your manual!

    Manual on the lens is only for focusing, Manual for the camera is to set your aperture, speed, ISO etc. instead having the camera select it for you.
     
  4. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2005
    Messages:
    37,350
    Likes Received:
    10,654
    Location:
    Victoria, BC
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Excellent recommendation. AFTER you have read and re-read the manufacturer's manual for your camera and lens!!!
     
  5. Robin Usagani

    Robin Usagani Been spending a lot of time on here!

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2010
    Messages:
    10,348
    Likes Received:
    2,174
    Location:
    Denver, CO
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Thats why they call it a "Manual" so you can go Manual Mode? :lmao:
     
  6. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2005
    Messages:
    37,350
    Likes Received:
    10,654
    Location:
    Victoria, BC
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    :lol: Ouch!
     
  7. KmH

    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2009
    Messages:
    38,229
    Likes Received:
    5,005
    Location:
    Iowa
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    It's not anywhere that cut and dried, that anyone can tell you what settings you need to use, because it depends on
    • how much light there is
    • how much, if any, movement there is in a scene
    • and what artistic technical effects you want, like a sharply focused subject but a very blurry background (shallow depth-of-field), or a lanscape shot having everything in focus (deep depth-of-field).
    So you need to spend some time and effort doing some learning:

    1. Read the users manual (on the white disc) so you know what all the controls and menu options do
    2. Learn about auto focus: Understanding Camera Autofocus
    3. Learn about shutter speed: Shutter speed - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    4. Learn about lens aperture and depth-of-field: Aperture - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia / Understanding Depth of Field in Photography
    5. Learn about camera ISO: (Don't get fooled by the title) Film speed - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    6. And lastly learn about camera metering: Understanding Camera Metering and Exposure
    Have fun!
     
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2010
  8. gsgary

    gsgary Been spending a lot of time on here!

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2008
    Messages:
    16,062
    Likes Received:
    2,813
    Location:
    Chesterfield UK
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Don't waste your money on a lens until you know what you are doing, if you havn't read the manual you have no chance on Saturday of shooting in low light
     
  9. kundalini

    kundalini Been spending a lot of time on here!

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2007
    Messages:
    13,601
    Likes Received:
    1,929
    Location:
    State of Confusion
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Are you inside the minimal focusing distance for your lenses?
    Have you read your manual?
    Have you turned off the AF Assiantance Illuminator?
    Have you read your manual?
    Did you check the Preview button?
    Have you read your manual?
    What was indicated for exposure in your viewfinder?
    Have you read your manual?
    Have you tried to crank the ISO up?
    Have you read your manual?

    BTW, Have you read your manual?
     
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2010
  10. dak1b

    dak1b TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2009
    Messages:
    1,554
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Northern California
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    go out and start shooting! experiment with M mode and eventually u'll get the hang of it!

    shoot shoot shoot!!!
     
  11. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2005
    Messages:
    37,350
    Likes Received:
    10,654
    Location:
    Victoria, BC
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    For the same reason that even though almost every electronic device in the world has a calculator we still teach children the multiplication tables. To get the most out of something, you need to understand the basics.

    That sounds like something to me...

    When do you suggest someone become familiar with the basics?

    Modern DSLRs are meant to use auto-focus as the primary method, but you can most certainly manually focus them. Not as easily as 30 year old film camera, but you can do it.

    Maybe...

    Absolute ********! I routinely teach students the basics of exposure, manual metering, and the exposure triangle to the point where they can take acceptable photographs in full manual in a half day.

    You may not like manual mode; you may not use it; that's fine. Telling someone else not to use or to be scared of it? NOT fine.
     
  12. icassell

    icassell TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2008
    Messages:
    9,893
    Likes Received:
    10
    Location:
    Arizona
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit

    I don't know that I'd go this far, but I basically agree. How many good drivers really understand what goes on under the hood? Start out slow -- learn how to get good images using the automatic functions. Then slip over to the functions that are semi-automatic (aperture priority/shutter priority). When you're comfortable with those, then you might consider playing with manual.

    As for AF vs MF ... You most certainly can manual focus, but it isn't easy. In the day where everything was MF, we had special focusing screens which made it easy. These are options on today's cameras(e.g. http://www.katzeyeoptics.com/ )and it is tougher. MF is a lot easier with live-view where you can blow things up as you focus them.

    The problem with going manual too early is that you are likely going to get frustrated with your image quality and give up. Don't do that.
     

Share This Page

Search tags for this page
7d manual mode not working on lcd
,
how to shoot in manual mode nikon d3000
,
how to shoot in manual mode nikon d3000 for beginners
,
i can't see thru viewfinder manual camera settings
,
m mode nikon d3000
,
my nikon in manual mode has half a black photo
,

nikon d3000 manual mode

,
nikon d3000 manual mode kit lense
,

shooting in manual mode nikon d3000

,
shooting inside in manual mode on a nikon d3000