Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Taking some shots in Auto mode, part of Up and Running with the Nikon D5200 and D5300.
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- Now that your camera is turned on and ready, with a lens and memory card attached, let's try it out. On the top of your camera is a dial, which let's you choose a shooting mode. The shooting mode determines what decisions the camera makes and which ones are up to you. You'd adjust these settings depending upon how you want to shoot. For example, sometimes you'll want fine control over how much of your scene is in focus from front to back. That's called depth of field. Aperture priority mode works well for this. Other times, you might want to freeze the action in a scene for a fast moving subject.
In this case, you'll turn to shutter priority mode and it's great for this. Other times, you might want to let the camera make most of the decisions for you, particularly if you're needing to work quickly. So one of the auto or program modes can come in handy. To change shooting modes, just turn this dial. Now if you've taken the camera out of the box, it may already be set to auto mode. If not, turn the dial so the green auto icon lines up with the white line. Now, your camera will evaluate the scene and adjust all of the exposure settings, shutter speed and aperture, when you half press the shutter button.
It'll also choose a white balance and whether or not to fire the built in flash. In auto mode, the camera may automatically pop this flash up when you half press the shutter button. This is when the camera meters the scene and judges the exposure. If you want to use in auto mode without the flash, just set it to auto flash off mode. Shooting in auto mode is a lot like using a smart phone or a point-and-shoot camera. And that's a good thing. While this may seem like a bit of a compromise, the auto features in your camera will likely make the right choices, most of the time.
I find that many shooters can get by with auto mode for most situations. A good time to change, though, would be if you're dealing with tricky lighting conditions or you want to take finer control over the aperture or shutter speed. Otherwise, auto mode can be a great way to get started with your camera and get some great results.
- Getting ready to shoot
- Shooting in scene modes
- Working with the built-in flash
- Changing ISO
- Focusing with modes or by hand
- Understanding shutter release mode
- Switching metering modes
- Shooting with an external flash
- Shooting video