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Nikon D850 Specifications | First Leaks.

Nikon confirmed the new Nikon D850, the successor of the fantastic Nikon D810 on its 100th birthday, this year. There had been many rumors and speculations about the camera’s specifications uptill now but none confirmed. Nikon till now has not officially announced anything.

This might be the best bet we have had till now. Some leaked Nikon D850 slides seems to have surfaced. The slides although in Chinese have much more details than we know right now.

Quick List:

  • 45.7 Megapixel Sensor.
  • 3.2 inch touchscreen LCD display (tiltable, vari-angle).
  • Continuous shooting rate of 9 fps (when using a battery pack plus battery EN-EL18a) otherwise 7fps.
  • Could continuously shoot 51 frames 14 bit non-compressed RAW photos at one time.
  • Support 8K timelapse capture.
  • ISO range of 64 to 25,600.
  • 153 point Auto Focus System.
  • 180,000 RGB Sensor.
  • 4K Video Capture.
  • Illuminated back buttons (hurray!).
  • SD and XQD dual card slots.
  • Low light focus -3EV, greater possibility to take photo under dark situation (same as D5)
  • No low pass filter.

Here are a some slides that Nikon Rumors decoded:

Nikon D850 leaked chinese slides

– 45.75M
– 9 fps * MB-D18 + EN-EN18a
– 8K timelapse
– 4K movie
– ISO 64-25600
– 3.2″ 2.36M vari-angle touch screen
– 153 AF system
– 45M quiet shooting mode
– 0.75x OVF magnification
– 180,000 RGB sensor

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Nikon D850 leaked chinese slides

45M pixel gives you clear and sharp high definition image, could satisfy big outdoor advertisement which requires 8K resolution
– No low pass filter
– Standard ISO: 64-25600, boost: ISO: 32 to 108,400
– Using Eexpeed 5 (same as D5) processor, high ISO together with good noise reduction engine, could give you high quality of color reproduction
Pictures: demonstration of with and without low pass filter.

Nikon D850 leaked chinese slides

Using “spot area AF” to AF on very small area
– The size is 1/2 of “standard area AF”
– Suitable for shooting macro, focusing on a very small object

In the photo:

blue square: “standard area AF”
red square: “spot area AF”.

Here are all the slided translated in English by YouTuber Jeff Curtner.

Looking at all these preparations Nikon is taking, it is very plausible that very soon Nikon will make an official announcement to the general market and then soon after that unveil the D850. In any case we will keep you posted.

Nikon Confirms Making A “Serious” Mirrorless Camera System.

Nikon’s President Kazuo Ushida recently in an interview with Yahoo Japan again mentioned the possibility of Nikon coming up with a “serious” mirrorless camera system. In the last few months speculations have been very high about Nikon’s motive about mirrorless systems. Ushida himself has mentioned such plans in quite some interviews now.

Every move Nikon is making now is being closely observed. Recently Nikon applied for a new patent for a 35mm, f/2 lens supposedly for a curved full frame sensor. Although it could not be conclusively proven if this was for a mirrorless camera but the technical information do suggest that it is certainly designed to work with a curved full frame sensor.

curved sensor lens

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In July Ushida was quoted,

“With generations grew up on smart phones I will give out a “Nikonashii” mirrorless camera that made a difference to other companies in terms of performance. I want to overwhelm the performance of the lens by making use of industrial lens technology, but also need playfulness.”

Canon and Nikon, the predominant giants of the imaging world for the last few decades, till now have primarily focused on DSLRs as their mainstay product. Somehow both these companies have been a little reluctant to shift and develop mirrorless systems. This however have given Sony quite a jump start. Initially Sony did face quite some criticism but it has to be said that the company has not only made developments to rectify their mistakes but actually built upon it to make even better cameras. The latest Sony A9 is a living example of this.

It is just a drag race from now on. Sony, devoid of any serious competition till this point, has quite an advantage in the mirrorless game now. However it has to be taken into consideration that both Canon and Nikon have substantially large consumer base and versatile lens lineups. Something Sony is trying to catch up on.

When will Nikon or Canon bring in such cameras that could potentially compete with the likes of Sony A9s? Only time will tell. However being an ardent fan of Nikon cameras, I hope when finally they decide to, they make it worth this wait.

Nikon D850 | Nikon 100th Anniversary Special Camera May Have A Hybrid Viewfinder.

After the recent 35mm f/2 curved full frame sensor episode, Nikon has been perpetually under the microscope. As you already know, Nikon on its 100th birthday announced the much awaited successor of the Nikon D810, the Nikon D850. (Nikon doesn’t seem to like the number ‘2’ very much).

Nikon Rumors released the first press photographs of the newly announced Nikon D850 a few days ago. Everything in the photograph looked as Nikon as anything, however there seem to be one thing that caught everyone’s eye.

The differently shaped top of the camera and an unusual switch near the diopter which suggests that there is something cooking under that hot shoe. Now no one knows this for sure, but the prevailing opinion is that the switch near the diopter is for switching between an EVF (Electronic Viewfinder) and an OVF (Optical Viewfinder).

nikon d850

To add more smoke to the possible fire, there are two holes near the viewfinder eyepiece. Mirrorless cameras generally have these kinds of holes to house the eye detection sensor which triggers the EVF on and off. Are these holes on the D850 for the same reason?

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Just for your information, the Nikon D810 did not have any holes near the viewfinder. Is this what Ushida was talking about when he said “engineered with a range of new technologies.” Who could tell?

d850

The new Nikon D850 will be now updated after nearly four years. It is not completely unrealistic to think that the camera may ultimately have a hybrid viewfinder considering that Nikon has patented a few hybrid viewfinders in the last couple of years.

hybrid autofocus

 

Nikon has officially not come out and shared any specifications of the camera yet. As of now it is anybody’s guess. The Nikon D2, D3 and D4 all had those distinctive screw holes near the eyepiece, so it may ultimately turn out to be nothing but there is no harm in being a little optimistic I believe.

screw holes

Feel free to use the comment section to share your own speculations.

Update (28th July):

  • The Nikon D850 has no hybrid viewfinder. It is a ‘regular’ DSLR camera.
  • Though the exact fps number is not confirmed, it would be in excess of 8fps.

Nikon Patents A 35mm, f/2 Lens For A Curved Full Frame Sensor | Is Nikon Going Mirrorless?

‘What is Nikon up to these days?’ is the question that many people in the imaging business have been speculating hard for the last few months. Well this may be a little something for all of us to speculate about.

Recently, Nikon patented a new 35mm f/2 lens for a full-frame curved sensor. A few weeks ago, Nikon president Kazuo Ushida had mildly hinted that Nikon was indeed working on a mirrorless camera in an interview with Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun.

There is every possibility in structural reform. On the product side, we should compete in the mid-range and high-end DSLR. We aim to be the top in a genre, and earn profits even if sales are down. For a smartphone generation, we put out a very Nikon-ish mirrorless camera which is superior to rivals in quality. Making the best use of industrial lens technology, we would like to overwhelm them in lens quality. On the other hand, we need fun.Ushida

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As Nikon Rumor points out, ‘the patent does not provide sufficient technical information to determine if this is a mirrorless or a DSLR lens,’ however it is certain that this lens is designed to work with a full frame curved sensor.

Nikon curved sensor

At this point of time, it cannot be said with certainty if this lens is indeed for a new mirrorless camera. The patent P2017-125904A  does not have enough technical details to rule out a DSLR lens either. Also, Nikon have in the past patented curved sensors.

There is nothing much for us to do other than wait and watch how this mystery shrouded story ultimately unveils. But one thing is for sure that Nikon has to come up with something in the mirrorless category and that too soon. Sony, Fuji and Canon are all lining up their products now.

What do you reckon this patent is all about? Feel free to comment below.

Nikon D7500 Launched | To Ship From June 2017.

The much awaited successor of the Nikon D7200 is here.

Nikon just launched its latest and greatest model today. The successor of the Nikon D7200. However, it is not called the D7300 but the Nikon D7500. Here is all you need to know.

The new Nikon D7500 shares its DNA with Nikon DX-format flagship model the D500. The D7500 uses the same 20.9 megapixel APS-C imaging sensor, processor and a wide ISO range (ISO 100 to 51,200) as the Nikon D500. The camera is also reported to have very good low-light capabilities and pretty impressive speed in image processing due to the EXPEED 5 image processor.

Nikon D7500

Video:

In the video department, the Nikon D7500 scores pretty well too. It shoots 4K UHD (3840 x 2160 at 30p). Videos have the additional options to be stored as MOV files or as MP4 files for greater flexibility and easier playback. The camera has, like the Nikon D500; three axis built-in-VR image stabilization when shooting 1080p Full HD Video.

Nikon D7500

The Nikon D7500 has a retail price of $1249.95 (body only) or $1749.95 (with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140 f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens). However, the price would be a little high initially for the Indian market. Nikon has announced that the camera is to be launched at a price of 96,950 INR (body only) or 1, 15,450 INR (with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105 f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens).

The D7500 will be available from June 2017.

Nikon D7500

Nikon D7500

The specification of the Nikon D7500 are as follows.

Effective Pixels (Megapixels) :20.9 million

Sensor Size: 23.5mm x 15.6mm

Image Sensor Format: DX (Crop Sensor)

Storage Media: SD, SDHC, SDXC

Top Continuous Shooting Speed at Full Resolution: 8 fps

ISO Sensitivity: ISO 100 – 51,200

Movie:

4K UHD 3,840×2,160 / 30 fps
4K UHD 3,840×2,160 / 25 fps
4K UHD 3,840×2,160 / 24 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 60 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 50 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 30 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 25 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 24 fps
HD 1,280×720 / 60 fps
HD 1,280×720 / 50 fps
Actual frame rates for 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps, respectively
High quality available at all frame sizes, normal quality available at all sizes except 3,840 x 2,160.

Monitor Size: 3.2 inches diagonal.

Monitor Type: VGA tilting TFT touch-sensitive screen.

Battery: EN- EL 15a Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery.

Dimensions (Width x Height x Depth): 5.4 in x 4.1in x 2.9in

Weight: 640gms (Body only).

For descriptive specifications visit the Nikon USA page.

Nikon D7500 Is Here | Launching Next Week

All That You Need To Know:

Nikon’s 100-year anniversary is drawing near and Nikon is surging up on an upswing. The latest news is on the Japanese imaging giant’s much awaited Nikon D7500. This is supposed to be the successor of Nikon’s D7200; however it is not called Nikon D7300.

The camera is rumored to be launched next week. This is a sneak peek of the camera ahead of the official reveal.

Nikon D7500

Photo leak courtesy Nokishita.

Nikon D7500, Rumored Specification:

  • 20 MP sensor from the Nikon D500
  • 4K Video
  • ISO range: 100 – 51,200
  • 51 points AF
  • 8 fps
  • Tilt Screen
  • Snapbridge.
  • Wireless Capabilities.

(As published on Nikon Rumors)

Nikon really seems to be banking on the D500 a lot and for good reasons. According to sources, the camera is set to be launched on April 11 or 12. People who were gearing to buy the Nikon D7200, you may want to rest your horses for you may end up getting yourself this bad boy if you wait a little longer. Till then keeping our fingers crossed.

Nikon Release Mode Dial

How To Operate The Release Mode Dial?

Release mode dial is generally found in Nikon manufactured DSLR cameras. The release dial is located just under the camera mode dial and looks something like this.

Release Mode Dial

 As the name suggests, this release mode dial controls what happens when the shutter button is pressed. You will find there are many letters and symbols on the dial. Aligning them to the white line selects a different function for your camera.

Let’s understand now what these strange looking letters and symbols mean and how or when can you use them to take great photographs.

Do one thing, keep up with me and turn the release mode dial of your camera right now and you will instantly understand what I am talking about and this will save you a ton of time later on. Ready to try this out?

S:

‘S’ stands for single frame, i.e. the camera takes just one photograph when on this mode, and then it stops until you repeat the process of autofocusing and light metering,ie, you release the shutter button again completely and then press it again.

You can use this mode when you are shooting relatively static subjects, that do not move very much like a landscape or a building.

Landscape

CL:

‘CL’ stands for Continuous Low. This means the camera is on a continuous drive but on the ‘low’ setting. Let me explain. Continuous mode is mode where the camera keeps on taking photographs for as long as the shutter button is pressed (this is true for all cameras); many manufacturers call it the burst mode too. The Low denotes here the number of frames the camera is going to capture in one second.

Continuous Drive

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 For example, my Nikon D7000 has a maximum of six frames per second (fps); but when on the low mode, the camera would only take around four or five. Theoretically, a little lower frame rate than the absolute maximum should get you a better result; but I personally have never seen much difference in a CL and a CH shot.

CH:

‘CH’ stands for Continuous High. This is the same as above only the camera would take the maximum number of images it can take in one second. In my case that would be six.

Q:

‘Q’ stands for quiet shutter mode. What essentially happens is the camera now gets as silent as it can be. When you take a photograph, the mirror inside the camera will flip up really quietly and stay there as long as you do not release the shutter button to come back to the halfway position.

The quiet mode can be used in places where a loud shutter click can be a problem like in a hospital or in a library.

Silent

Self-Timer:

You probably already know what this mode does. This mode delays the time between when the shutter button is fully pressed and when the photograph is actually taken. In Nikon cameras, the default delay is ten seconds but you can select the delay in the Timer/AE Lock section of the Customs Setting menu. Also you may select the number of images you want the camera to take in newer Nikon models; consult your camera manual for this.

 Self timer

You can use self-timer to click your ‘self-images’ when no one else is available to press the shutter button for you. Just to be a little clear about the entire process; as you select the delay and press the shutter, the autofocus lamp at the front of the camera would start to blink and the beep sound will go off. Consequently, the autofocus lamp will flash increasingly quickly as it finally takes the photograph.

Remote:

The remote mode can be used to fire the shutter NOT by pressing the shutter button but using a wireless remote instead. Nearly all Nikon models use the ML-L3 wireless remote.

ML L3 Remote

You can use the remote to fire the shutter if you are taking a self-image (again) or you may also get really creative and use the wireless remote to fire the shutter when you are taking long shutter speed shots, so that you can eliminate camera jerk or movement.

MuP:

This is the initial for Mirror Up mode. As you probably already know your DSLR camera has a mirror inside it that reflects the incoming light from the lens and lets you see the subject through the view finder. However, the process introduces a little vibration or jerk when the mirror suddenly flips up. This is not a problem in regular scenarios but it can be a problem when you are taking a very long shutter speed shot.

To eliminate this problem, the Mirror up mode is used. What happens is as you select this mode and press the shutter button; the mirror flips up but the camera doesn’t take a photo. It is only when you let the shutter button up again and press it fully is the photograph taken.

Light Trail

  • Note: When the mirror flips up the first time when you press the shutter button; you will not be able to see anything through the view finder, do not worry this is normal.

Another thing to note here is that this mode is best used when the camera is on a tripod; as the process of pressing the shutter button twice without shaking the camera is quite a task. You may also use a ML-L3 remote as well, just in case you want to be extra careful.

That is all you need to know about your camera’s release mode dial. Put it to work now and let us know your experience with it.

My First DSLR Camera

The experience of a lifetime.

I remember my first DSLR, it was a Nikon D7000 that I got because I had a pact with my mother that if I scored 80% or more in my class XII finals, she would buy me a good camera (little did she know what it was going to cost her later on).

first DSLR camera

Yes, I was absolutely crazy about cameras specially a DSLR. I had never till then seen a DSLR from very close, it had always been like… “There is a person… probably from the papers who has a DSLR there, near the stage, I wonder if that is a Nikon D90 or a Canon… Oh God he just went backstage…better luck next time, toodles”.

The first time:

When I first held my first DSLR camera I knew very little about it. That little knowledge came from over a year of YouTube videos and a crap load of blogs that I had read before finally deciding that it was this camera that I wanted to buy.

From where I was looking, my camera looked like a fortress. I know it sounds kind of funny but that is the first word that came to my mind. For me it looked like this digital fortress (no it has no relation to Dan Brown’s book) which is capable of so much and I knew so little about it.

nikon D7000 manual

I shuffled through the manual a few times, looking at the camera every now and then trying to figure out exactly what I was reading about. There was probably no single moment in that entire period when I was not amazed. At first, the camera looked absolutely drenched in buttons. I was totally baffled. Later I discovered that the camera had additional functions that could be executed by using the buttons in various permutations and combinations. I was like….“this is more than my entire year’s syllabus…how am I supposed to remember all of that, employ it and then make great shots?”

Then came the changes:

But things got easier from there. The camera stayed the same; the buttons did the same tasks; what changed was my attitude towards this whole new learning curve. This single change in my attitude changed so much for me and my photography.

I realized that this should not look like a Herculean task to me. I like taking pictures and I love cameras. I wanted a camera all my life where I could tell it what to do and not the other way round. If there are more functions that the camera can perform that is in fact good news, since once I learn how to master them, I will be able to photograph almost anything.

I began spending time learning about my first DSLR, my new camera everyday after college. Gradually, I started learning. I started putting my new found knowledge into practice and very soon I had a few good shots. Nearly all my friends then had my photographs (shots) of them as their display pictures on Facebook. I was the ‘official photographer’ of the group. It felt great. However that feeling did not last very long.

Street Photography beckoned me then:

Of all the forms of photography, what I was really drawn into was Street Photography. Nothing was staged, nothing was ‘fake’ or otherwise tampered with. It was life personified. The challenge was that you had to have the guts to photograph unknown people, mostly trying to be invisible. You cannot control your subjects, your light your environment, NOTHING, but you have to come up with good photographs at the end of the day.

James Nachtwey, the great American Photojournalist was a source of great inspiration for me. The images that I saw online of various other Street Photographers were simply amazing. They were up close, absolutely uninhibited and exquisite. It seemed as if the photographer was a ghost and no one even saw him there. Those pictures could say so much in a single frame. I wondered when I would be even 5% as good as them.

Street photography

My Epiphany:

During my initial days, I used to look at many a photographer’s portfolio all the time but after a while, I stopped. What had happened was that these images were somehow filtering through into my pictures. I couldn’t exactly put my finger on what exactly but the essence was very similar to those images that I used to look up to all the time.

It goes without saying that my pictures were not even 1% of those incredible photographs. Plus the atmosphere and environment were totally different but even then something inside me didn’t feel right. I had subconsciously started to ‘copy’ my hero’s work. From then on, I rarely looked at someone else’s portfolio. I would rather have absolutely rotten ‘Adi’ (the name that I sign my photographs with) images than be a good copy of someone else’s work, however great.  I wanted to find my own style and I did not want anyone else to have an influence on it. Still I believe this should be the case for everyone. Even if you do it in a different way than I did.

Be a bad original than a good copy of someone. Work hard on YOUR own style, and then who knows maybe someday somebody would be trying to emulate you. Don’t forget to pat yourself on the back that day!

 

Mode Dial | Features Explained | Beginner’s Guide

Where Is The Camera Mode Dial?

The mode dial of your camera is the large rotatable wheel located on the top left-hand side (Canon and Nikon) of your camera with a lot of images and letters on it. If you are learning about this for the first time, pay close attention now as this could potentially change the way you know your camera forever and help you take great images overtime.

We are going to discuss here the camera mode dials of two prominent brands Nikon and Canon.

The camera mode dial of Nikon and Canon manufactured cameras looks something like this.

Camera Mode Dial

There is absolutely no need to feel baffled about this strange looking knob as this would be your best friend, believe me! The two images above look a little different from each other but, trust me, they perform the exact same function in both the cameras. Nikon and Canon just have different names for these functions. That’s all.

Below is a diagram that shows exactly what the similarities are; have a good look so that you may help your friend if he has the camera of the other manufacturer. Just help him out.

Let’s get cracking then.

Okay, largely we can categorize the functions the camera mode dial performs into two categories;

  •  Automatic:           The camera selects ALL the settings for the photograph.

                             Green ‘Auto’ mode (Nikon) or the Green Box (Canon), Scene modes.

  •  Semi-automatic:  You select a few settings for the camera and the camera selects the rest for you.

                             Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Program mode, Flexible Program mode.

  • Full Manual:         You select all the settings for the camera and tell it what to do, like a BOSS!

                        ‘M’ mode (Don’t start with this, but try to aspire for this setting for it will give you the most amazing set of photographs that you have seen countless number of times as wallpapers and on the internet. Only this time it would be with your name across it as it’s photographer, won’t that be cool?).

Let me demystify these larger categories even further and explain, so that they become absolutely clear to you.

Clear

Automatic Modes:

Oh Lord! If you have purchased a DSLR camera and wish to take good photographs with it then come out of this ‘Automatic’ mode already. This is a mode that the manufacturer HAS TO place in the camera so that people, with absolutely no knowledge or the zeal to take a great photograph ever in their life, do not make a fool out of themselves.

Fool

Trust me if I were on the board of directors for either Nikon or Canon; I would take this mode out of every DSLR cameras first thing. There is ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE in spending so much money on a piece of such sophisticated machinery that could take incredible images and then riding it on the ‘Auto’ mode just because you have it. You might as well take images with a cell phone at least that would not be disgracing the camera. Please don’t. This should be the first thing that you do the second you buy your DSLR.

Scene modes:

Scene modes are pretty much a fancy version of the infamous ‘Auto’ mode. Here the camera has a set of internal preset that it follows as you select a specific scene mode. Basically, the camera selects a specific focus type, light metering, white balance, etc; that is likely for the type of scene that you have selected and functions accordingly. For example:

  • Sports Mode increases the ISO of your camera and bumps up the shutter speed so that you are able to capture fast moving objects like a ball or a fast moving car.

Sports

  • Night Portrait opens up the aperture as much as possible so as to allow in more light. It can also select a longer shutter speed so that the photograph is properly exposed. The pop-up flash may also ‘pop’ now so that near standing subjects are illuminated.

Night life

Scene modes are pretty much self-explanatory, let me now get into the good stuff!

By the way did you change the mode on your camera now? Please for heaven’s sake move out of ‘Auto’ and ‘Scene’ modes. If you have, continue….

Semi Automatic Modes:

Now that you have taken the first BIG step in taking great images, lets take a step further.

Step

The mode dial of your camera has many semi-automatic modes for you to choose from, depending on the subject, the available light and your level of dexterity with the camera’s settings.

In my opinion, you should start with any of these semi-automatic modes. Spend some time to get to know it better, and later change it to some other semi-automatic mode. Repeat the process until you have a firm understanding of what each mode does and more importantly when it is required.

I should start by saying that in all the semi-automatic modes you CAN select your desired ISO (don’t bother about it now, I will explain it later). Just remember for now that ISO is a measure of how sensitive your camera’s image sensor is to light. Just set it to 100 now and you are set.

‘P’ Mode:

‘P’ mode or the program mode on your camera’s mode dial lets you decide a few settings for your camera, while making sure that the images that you take a properly exposed. Think of it as a safety net that you have while trying to play a little with the settings of your camera. This mode frees you up a little so that you don’t have to worry about the proper exposure and totally dedicate your concentration on two of the most important things in photography, focus & composition.

mountains

Depending on the available light, your camera will decide what it needs to expose the shot correctly. However, you can change the shutter speed by using the master dial of your camera. The master dial is the dial at the back on the top right corner of your camera.

Press the ‘info’ button and you will see the difference yourself. As you turn the master dial to the right, the ‘P’ sign on the top left hand corner changes to P* (this is the symbol for Flexible Program Mode) and the shutter speed increases but the aperture NUMBER (note : A smaller aperture NUMBER means a larger aperture and vice versa) falls.

info button

The camera basically juggles the shutter speed and the aperture so that it can achieve the proper exposure.

In Nikon, U1 and U2 (U means user) is the same as Flexible Program Mode (P*); only here you can pre-select the exact settings that you want, so that you don’t have to fidget with the camera settings. You can then just rotate the camera mode dial in either U1 or U2 and start shooting.

C1 and C2 are the same Canon counterparts.

Shutter Priority:

Priority as you all know means preference. When you select this mode on your camera mode dial, the camera understands that you want to select the correct shutter speed for the scene. The camera would then adjust by changing the aperture. Mainly the camera selects a suitable aperture value here for a given shutter speed,and in the process attain correct exposure.

humming bird

Shutter priority is mainly used where ‘motion’ is the primary focus of your shot.  As you start to begin understanding shutter speed and the changes it brings; you will see that shutter speed is primarily used to show motion or capture motion. A humming bird flapping its wings very very fast needs a very fast shutter speed (say 1/5000 of a sec)  to capture the flapping wings with clarity and not as a blur. Similarly, you may also want to show motion by selecting a lower shutter speed so that the wings appear as a blur, if that is what you are aiming for.

Aperture Priority:

Selecting the aperture priority mode on the camera mode dial allows you to select the specific aperture for the shot, while the camera selects the shutter speed for you. You may want to use this mode when your primary focus is the depth of field (DoF) of the photograph, which in simple words means the ‘amount’ of your photograph that you want to have in focus. Generally while shooting landscape, photographers select a high depth of field so that everything is in focus in the frame. Also while shooting a portrait, they may select a shallow depth of field so that only the subject is in focus and is hence, well isolated from the background, i.e., they pop from the photograph.

depth of field

Manual Mode: (Eventually where you should land up!)

As the name explains, manual mode is MANUAL. There is NOTHING AUTOMATIC about it. It is also, by the way, the reason people buy a DSLR in the first place. You are in total control, the moment you select this on the camera mode dial. The camera simply obeys your command.

In manual mode, you can select independently – the shutter speed, the aperture, the ISO, whether or not you want a flash, EVERYTHING. It’s like magic down here.  However, since you have just started, it is best not to start using it right away as you still need a deeper and elaborate understanding of the camera and the exposure triangle.

happy

Just keep in mind that if you seriously and diligently practice what you have just read, you will eventually be good enough to tell the camera what it should do rather than the other way around. Till then the mantra is read ->practice->repeat! Best of luck in your new venture!

Happy ClickinG!