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I am looking into my XTi right now and when in M press the shutter part way and there will ppear the suedo light meter. the thumbwheel in front of the shutter moves the arrow and then you look to the left and see the F-stop... it is a bit odd because if you scroll the wheel to the left the arrow will move right... took some getting used to..
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In aperture mode TA, you only can change the aperture manualy. The camera will try to set everything else, like shutter speed and ISO, according to what the camera thinks is the best. Will look at the scene and focal length. The amount of light should be enough according to you ISO setting.
In manual, M you have to do everything yourself. You can get under or over exposed pictures. When you choose "wrong" settings. But what is wrong? You decide what part of the photo has to be correct, even when the rest is to dark or to light. It could be you did setup the camera to warn you when over or under exposure occurs. I'm not that familiar with the canon DSLRs to be 100% sure, but I would look there.
again, aperture mode is not a manual mode and the camera needs enough light so it can manoeuvre in the settings you made.
The aperture is the opening in the lens through which light passes to the image sensor. Changing the aperture setting allows you to control the depth of fieldof a photograph. When the aperture is opened to a widersetting, (indicated by a lower f-stop number) more light is passed to the imagesensor, creating more shallow depth of field. Closing the aperture (indicatedby a higher f-stop number) allows less light to pass to the image sensor,creating wider depth of field. NOTE:The aperture setting is one of three primary settings usedto control the overall exposure of a photograph. The other two primary settingsare ISO and shutter speed. Because the three settingswork together to produce the overall exposure for a photograph, changingthe aperture setting will require complimentary changes to either the ISO or shutter speed to produce a properly exposed photograph. These changes will bemade automatically by the camera in the Auto, Program, Aperture-priority andShutter-priority modes. There are two ways tocontrol the aperture setting on the camera:
Aperture-priority mode (A)- When shooting in Aperture priority mode (A), you set the aperture value and the camera automatically sets the optimum shutter speed for you.
Manual mode (M)- When shooting in Manual mode (M), you control both aperture and shutter speed, which gives you maximum creative control to achieve the exact results you want.
When you shoot in manual mode, make sure your camera sensor gets enough light. When you shoot inside with dimm light at 1/1000 of a second or faster and a aperture of 8. all pictures will be black.
The best way to learn shooting in manual, is to shoot a picture in the P mode and put the picture on the screen (>) button. then select the info, where you see time, aperture iso and so on. and even better select the histogram. Note the figures in your head (or on paper) and then goto manual and make sure you have almost the same settings. Then shoot en look what the histogram shows. No histogram on the right, means to little light, so lower the shutter speed, open the diaphragm or increase the ISO. No histogram on the left, means to much light, so higher shutter speed, lower ISO or smaler diaphragm (the aperture number must be up. 3,6 is wide open 16 is almost closed.
If you want the camera to set the shutter speed for proper exposure, turn the mode dial to the A position for Aperture Priority. Press the +/- button to display the shutter speed and aperture. Press cursor-up/down to change the aperture and the camera will change the shutter speed to give the proper exposure.
If you want to set the shutter speed and aperture yourself, turn the mode dial to M for Manual. Press the +/- button. Press cursor-up/down to set the shutter speed, cursor-left/right to set the aperture.
Full details are in the Shooting Mode section of the manual.
Unfortunately, as with most point&shoot cameras, you don't get much control over the aperture. The camera is intended for you to point and shoot, without bothering about such details.
You can get some control by changing the shooting mode. For example, the Landscape mode will attempt to close down the aperture in order to deepen the depth of field, while the Portrait mode attempts to open up the aperture to narrow the depth of field.
This is one of the things that separate point&shoot cameras from more sophisticated (and more expensive) cameras.
The question in the title and the first sentence imply to me that you have confused manual mode and RAW format.
Title: "Why does my brand new Canon 6D freeze when shooting in RAWD freeze when shooting in RAW"
First sentence: "My brand new Canon 6D freezes when I try to shoot in manual."
Manual mode means you are responsible for all of the settings related to exposure (aperture, ISO, and shutterspeed). RAW is a specific file format to save the photo. They are independent of each other.
My guess is that in manual mode you have the shutterspeed set to the maximum of 30 seconds. The camera isn't going to automatically adjust it for you in manual mode. If you're new to DSLRs, start with Ae (Aperture priority) or Tv (Shutter priority). In Ae mode, you control the aperture and the camera will select the shutterspeed. In Tv mode, you select the shutterspeed and the camera selects the aperture for you. Start off with Auto ISO. This will help you learn what combinations of settings work well together.
This is one of the biggest drawbacks of a point&shoot camera. You're expected to point the camera and shoot the picture without worrying about minor details like aperture and shutter speed. You can select the ISO by pressing the FUNC/SET button in the shooting mode and then selecting ISO (third item from the top along the left edge of the screen). You can control the aperture and shutter speed somewhat by changing the scene mode. For example, the portrait mode will try to give you a wide aperture, the landscape mode will try to give you a small aperture, and the sports mode will try to give you a fast shutter speed. If you want to take your photography above and beyond the point&shoot level then you need a more capable camera.
If you're using a lens with an aperture ring, simply set the exposure mode to Manual or Aperture priority and change the aperture by turning the aperture ring on the lens. In Aperture priority the camera will set the shutter speed appropriately, in Manual you have to determine the appropriate shutter speed. If you want to use such a lens in Shutter priority or one of the Program modes, you must set the aperture to its smallest setting (largest f/number) and lock it.
If you're using a lens without an aperture ring then it's a bit harder. You can only use the camera in Shutter priority or one of the Program modes. You turn the command dial on the camera to change the exposure, and the aperture will change. If you want to use an exposure different than what the meter suggests, you can adjust it by using either exposure compensation or changing the ISO setting (or both).
If you need a manual, you can download one from http://butkus.org/chinon/nikon/nikon_n6006af/nikon_n6006af.htm
Although your eyes can adapt to see well in low light, the camera needs a lot more light to take good photos than your eye needs to see in low light. Taking photos of a play or other indoor performance is a very difficult situation.
1) You need a fast lens, one that shoots at aperture f/2.8 or faster (i.e. f/2.0, f/1.8, or f/1.4). Your 18-55 lens is f/3.5-5.6, which is not a fast lens. When you zoom to 55mm, you can only shoot at f/5.6 which is 1/4 the light gathered at f/2.8, so the shutter speed needs to be 4 times longer, which means 4 times slower.
2) Set the camera to use the highest ISO it offers. Look in your manual for instructions on how to change the ISO. Don't forget to set it back when you are done!
3) Use the shooting mode that lets you specify the aperture. The camera will select the shutter. I'm not familar with the mode name for Nikon cameras - for a Canon camera this is the AV mode (for Aperture Value).
4) You may want to dial in some -EV - this means a "minus" value in the Exposure Compensation. I usually set this to -1/2 or -1 for low light shots. The photos come out just a tiny bit darker than normal, but the trade-off is that I get a faster shutter speed.
5) Even with all the settings above, the shutter speed is likely to still be quite slow. You must hold the camera very still. A monopod or tripod is usually necessary. In addition it helps if your lens has VR (vibration reduction) to minimize camera shake. Finally, no matter how still you hold the camera, if the subject is moving then the image will be blurry. So only shoot when the subject (person on stage) is relatively still.
If you don't have your camera manual let me know, and I'll look for it online and give you a link to the pages that detail the settings you need to change.
The shooting modes are described as follows:
AUTO (Factory default setting)
Auto mode is used for regular photography. The camera automatically makes the settings for natural color balance. Other functions, such as the flash mode and metering, can be adjusted manually.
Portrait mode is suitable for taking a portrait-style picture of a person. The camera automatically sets the optimal shooting conditions.
Night scene mode is suitable for shooting pictures in the evening or at night. The camera sets a slower shutter speed than is used in normal shooting. If you take a picture of a street at night in any other mode, the lack of brightness will result in a dark picture with only dots of light showing. In this mode, the true appearance of the street is captured. The camera automatically sets the optimal shooting conditions. If you use the flash, you can take pictures of both your subject and the night background.
Scene mode enables you to select one of the following scene shooting modes available in the menu.
Landscape + Scene shooting
Landscape + Scene shooting is suitable for taking pictures of landscapes and other outdoor scenes. This mode produces clear, sharp pictures with excellent detail, making it ideal for shooting natural scenery.
Landscape + Portrait shooting
Landscape + Portrait shooting is suitable for taking photos of both your subject and the background. The picture is taken with the background as well as the subject in the foreground in focus. The camera automatically sets the optimal shooting settings
Quicktime Movie mode lets you record movies. The focus and zoom are locked. If the distance to the subject changes, the focus may be compromised.
Landscape mode is suitable for taking pictures of landscapes and other outdoor scenes. The camera automatically sets the optimal shooting conditions.
Self-portrait mode enables you to take a picture of yourself while holding the camera. Point the lens towards yourself, and the focus will be locked on you. The camera automatically sets the optimal shooting conditions. The zoom is fixed in the wide position and cannot be changed.
Enables you to make settings manually and register them in the mode dial's mode so you can call up your own shooting mode whenever you want.
Program shooting (P)
Program shooting allows you to shoot using an aperture and shutter speed that the camera sets. You can set the flash, white balance, or other functions manually.
Aperture priority shooting (A)
Aperture priority shooting allows you to set the aperture manually. The camera sets the shutter speed automatically. By decreasing the aperture value (F-number), the camera will focus within a smaller range, producing a picture with a blurred background. Increasing the value will let the camera focus over a wider range in the forward and backward directions, resulting in a picture in which