The “Manual Photography Cheat Sheet-Reloaded” by The London School of Photography is a clean-cut, visual way of showing you how to step up your photography game from automatic to manual shooting. Not only does shooting in manual mode enable you to produce sharp, well composed imagery – but you’ll also gain a stronger understanding of the inner workings of your camera.
By shooting in manual mode you have full control of your shutter speed, ISO and aperture, amongst an array of other settings that can further fine tune your images. By manually controlling aperture for example can help you achieve those beautifully aligned portraits with blurred of bokeh backgrounds. It’s also highly useful for changing shutter speeds, enabling you to achieve those fast moving subjects like cars or cyclists in crystal clear motion without sacrificing quality.
You might often find yourself in a tricky lighting situation where everything is appearing far too dark, too light or very grainy. Unfortunately automatic mode can’t always hack these extreme conditions and often activates flash at the smallest hint of darkness (making some photos appear positively awful), this is where learning to shoot in manual mode can be a life saver. This is where ISO comes in handy – it allows you to adjust the light sensitivity of the camera to pick up more light, or on the flip side reduce your exposure for those bright sunny days.
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Special thanks to Antonio Leanza for this helpful cheat sheet on manual photography. Antonio Leanza is an artist, lecturer and owner of The London School of Photography. He has developed a new way of teaching due to his extensive experience lecturing at LCC for over ten years and for Ilford Film across the UK. It focuses on helping students to invest in their creative processes and inspire a transformational learning experience. The team at LSP believe in helping students achieve their full potential as creative individuals to realize their aspirations in the photographic world.