Beginners Quick Guide To Manual Mode No More Bullshit

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Manual mode is the golden key to archive best photography skills ??? or you can’t capture good photographs if you don’t know manual mode ??

or some of the expert photographers say if you don’t know anything about manual photography then you don’t know photography !!! is that right or not ??

if you are asking me about yes or no then it’s 50-50%, you can capture good photographs using some other modes like Creative Auto, shutter-priority etc, but if you learn manual mode then you can capture no matter what type of condition out there in this real world un short you can capture anything !  !!.

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so if you are one of so-called ‘newbie‘ in this little photography world and want to know the real answer related to manual photography or manual mode then the next 5-7 min spending on this article may give you proper knowledge and skills related to manual mode and also how you can master it quickly.

so as you know this article is to archive mastery over manual mode.

now without talking more about manual mode !!! let’s understand manual mode under the hood.

Beginners ‘Quick Guide’ To Manual Mode No More Bullshit

to learn manual mode or any other thing first of you must have a curiosity or excitement to learn that new thing.

without these two things, you cant able to get the result which you really want.

so before you learn manual mode you just need to know why manual more is Necessary !! which some of our readers may be asking me right now !!

don’t worry these bullets are too short and straightforward, “no more bullshits” you know !!!

WHY manual mode

if you are a beginner and just purchased a new camera then the manual mode is what you missing !!

because using this mode you learn lots of things like

  • how to use auto or manual focus.
  • what is shutter-speed?
  • when to plus-minus ISO and aperture and lots of other factors.

know why manual mode is important

When to use manual mode ???

if you want to capture photographs the way you wanted then you must need to use manual mode, as simple as that.

where can I use manual mode ??

Almost everywhere, if there is too much light or too much dark or when you want to capture too quickly or too slowly at that time you can use manual mode.

As you know this is the Quick guide so I don’t want to share some in-depth thoughts, I already give proper resources if you don’t know some concepts then follow that links to know more about it.

The Quick Guide To Manual Mode

it’s too boring if you learn the tough part first.

so I divided this article into three subparts, each part contains some important features of manual mode.

first one is too easy to learn, the second one is little bit hard and third one is the hardest one.

don’t worry if you follow these steps and practice every single day these this hardest part looks so easy for you, but remember you must need to do practice a lot.

in this article, I used Canon 1300D, if your DSLR camera contains more features then this DSLR camera then let me know in the comment section.

Stage 1

this stage includes some basic features of manual mode so if you aware about it then you can jump these stage and read stage 2 and stage 3.

some Easy features of Manual Mode

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Picture Style

  • to set some styles to your photo you can use this feature.
  • this feature contains styles like auto, landscape, portrait, standard etc.

White balance

  • there are lots of different options available in white balance.
  • it’s like a different kind of filters.
  • this feature contains filters like auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten light, white fluorescent light, flash, and custom

find some good examples of white balance 

Raise Built-in flash

  • to on-off your camera flash, if you don’t have any external flash.

Flash Exposure Comp.

  • if you are capturing photographs at night then this feature is for you, using this feature you get some option like (-2 to +2 ).
  • if you set it to -2 then you get a dark type of flash, and if you set it yo +2 then you get the too bright shadow.
  • just capture some photos using this feature and you’ll understand it quickly.
  • this feature is also best while using the external flash.

learn how to use Flash Exposure Comp. in depth

Auto Lighting Optimizer

there are total three type of auto lighting optimizers are available, disable, low, standard, high.

if you want to know how this works “in short” then it makes dark photographs into bright one using this different options.

so set it as your requirement, to capture good photographs.

Learn More About Auto Lighting Optimizer

drive/ self-timer mode

  • if you want to capture a family photograph including you then using this feature you can do it.
  • this feature contains some shooting modes like single shooting, continuous shooting, self-time – 10 sec or 2 sec, self-timer: Continuous

to easy huh !!!, now lets cover stage 2.

Stage 2

ISO ( min 100 max 6400)

  • When you got something very dark or bright then using ISO you can make it in one level.
  • there is two part of ISO, one is low range ISO(between 100-800) and another one is the high range of ISO(between 800-6400).
  • if you are capturing something very bright then low range ISO is the key to make your photograph good.
  • or if you are capturing something really dark then high range ISO makes it bright using range between 800-6400.
  • so in short if you want to make your image brighter then use High range ISO and the opposite for dark image.

but wait there is one problem if you use more ISO like 3200-6400 then it makes your photograph less sharp so it’s not good.

ISO and shutter-speed

so always try to make iso between 400-800 to capture sharp images.

want to know more about ISO & Shutter-speed – learn ISO & Shutter-speed in Depth

Shutter-speed (slow – 30 sec, fast 1/4000)

  • this is also one of the significant factors.
  • if you want to capture too quickly or even if you want to capture too slowly then using this feature you can do it.
  • in your language, if you want to capture any Moving car or any object which run too quickly then you can use this feature.
  • or even if you want to capture long exposure type of photographs then you can use this feature.

ISO and shutter-speed

  • basically, this feature called as “Shutter + speed”, so set your speed to set the camera shutter.
  • the range of this feature is form 30 sec to 1/4000 sec which is way faster.
  • one main thing using this feature you can capture some awesome waterfall photographs.

Know 70+ different types of photography

Metering Mode

  • there are total three different types of Metering Mode available in this camera, evaluative metering, Partial Metering, and Center-weighted average.
  • these all metering modes are useful to meter the lights which camera through the lens into your camera.

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  • if the light is too bright then it goes “+”  side, so now when you capture any photographs just see through your viewfinder to see that + pr – arrows, at bottom of your screen.

Know more about Metering Mode.

AF operation

there are total three different operations are available.

Their things only work while you are capturing photographs using autofocus.

one shot
  • this operation is useful if you want to capture anyone moving subject.
Al focus
  • here AI stands for (Artificial Intelligence), so basically this AI get the difference between your camera lens and subject.
  • after getting the perfect result it’ll capture sharp photographs.
  • this feature is useful if that particular subject is staying at one position and ready to move.
AL servo
  • this feature is useful if your subject is moving too much quickly.
  • it’s really hard to capture moving photographs using this feature.
  • I tried this thing with my Canon 1300D and it’s not working properly(AI focus also), so if you have good lens then you can try this technique.

I found one interesting video related to this topic if you want to know more about this operation then watch this video.

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Stage 3


  • Essentially, we count aperture in F steps, range: f/2.8 to f/16 (for entry-level DSLR camera).
  • in one of my article I said that ” The aperture is the size of the opening in the lens through which light is allowed to pass whenever the shutter is opened – the larger the aperture, the more light passes through.“.

see this image to know more…

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Know What is Aperture in depth


  • this is also one of the most important topics which make manual mode a little bit harder.
  • Primarily, AWB stands for Auto white balance.
  • The Auto White Balance (AWB) setting helps your camera “guess” the best option or choose the one closest to what your eyes might see.
  • as we know our eyes can see even better than a camera lens, so if you want to capture something awesome (which your eyes can see) with your camera then you must need to use AWB.
  • this feature sets automatic white balance so it’s called as AWB.

see how it works and when you can use AWB

Image Quality

  • This thing matter if you want some quality in your photographs.
  • there are lots of other type’s of Photo size are available when you check out manual mode.
  • every single photo size takes some different amount of MB to store photos on your memory card, by default it’s JPEG.
  • One suggestion – if you own 16GB or more then 16GB memory card then select photo size “RAW”.
  • there are a lot of factors available which makes your photo quality far better when you select RAW type.

Know Why RAW Image Quality is 10x better than JPEG (for only professional Photographers).

one BIG Bonus for you

Now you know something about manual mode, so its easy for you to master your DSLR camera, find the best guide to master Your DLSR camera within 15 Min with good Examples.

now hope you know why manual mode is so important, f you practice more and more than one day you definitely master it, thank you.

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