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How To Use Manual Mode On Canon 80D

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Since this website is about getting out of auto, this post is about learning how to use manual mode on the Canon 80D. The first step to learning to use manual mode is to learn how the controls on the camera work together. This post is about learning the basics of those controls. If you want to use Manual, the first thing to do is to put your camera into the proper mode, which is indicated by the ‘M’ on the mode wheel. Terms to be familiar with on the top LCD Screen Shutter Speed: Indicates the speed of the shutter as it allows light to pass through and hit the sensor. With a faster or higher number, less light will come in and will result in less blur. With a slower or lower the number, more light will come in and will result in a greater likelihood of blur. Aperture: Indicates how wide the lens opens to allow light in to hit the sensor. ISO: Indicates the sensitivity of the image sensor to the light that is hitting it. The higher the ISO, the more noise your image will have. These days, the ISO is much better than it used to be on many cameras due to better image sensors. This setting will often be adjusted to compensate for poor lighting conditions. The Controls The Shutter Speed is adjusted with the rocker switch right behind shutter button. Rotate it to the right for a faster shutter speed, and rotate it to the left for a …

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How to shoot video on the Canon 5D MKIV

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Learn how to shoot video on the Canon 5D MKIV. The Canon 5D MKIV shoots amazing photos and video. This article will teach you how to set up your camera for video so you can start shooting video on your 5D MKIV. Video Settings Switch the rocker over to Video Mode. This will lock up the mirror within the camera making it so you can no longer look through the viewfinder, instead you will use the lcd screen to monitor your shoot. To navigate through the menus, you can use either the touch screen or various toggle switches and wheels. Within the Settings Menu go to the fourth menu page and select Movie rec quality. You have two different formats to choose between. MOV will give you more recording format options than MP4. If you want to record 4K video, keep in mind that you will need either an extremely fast SD Card or CF Card with a lot of storage. The 4K video files that are created by this camera have a huge file size and require a fast write speed. Suggested cards are linked below.For most scenarios, I recommend 1920×1080 at 59.94 FPS to shoot video with the 5D MKIV. High Frame Rate This mode is useful for capturing slow motion or intense action at up to 120 FPS, but there are some serious drawbacks to using this mode. Not only will you lose the audio recording capabilities, but you will also reduce the resolution to a maximum of 1280×720 which is lowest possible resolution …

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Top 5 Video Settings to Change on the GoPro Hero 5 Black

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If you want to get the best footage out of your GoPro Hero 5 Black, there are some settings you might want to change. Here is my recommendation on the top settings to change for video on your GoPro Hero 5 Black. Resolution and FPS Settings First power on your camera and see that you are in video mode. Touch the camera icon and set the resolution to 2.7k rather than 1080p or 4k. This will allow you to utilize Image Stabilization with enough “extra” resolution to operate smoothly. This resolution will also give you enough of an image to stabilize the footage within editing software as well. This process will shrink your overall video frame down, and will degrade your overall quality. 2.7k will maintain the most quality and is therefore the best resolution setting if you have stabilization in mind. Set your FPS (Frames per second) to 60 FPS. Most footage will be viewed and edited at 30 FPS, so shooting at 60 FPS will allow you to smoothly slow down your video on your editing timeline. If you intend to do super slow motion, lower your resolution to 1080p and change FPS to 120 FPS. Camera Settings Swipe from right to left to access the Camera Settings Menu. These settings, such as shutter speed, will often reset or auto adjust when other settings are changed. Be sure to check your settings before you shoot again. Having Protune turned on gives you control over advanced settings like shutter speed. Set your shutter speed to double …

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Using Manual Camera Mode on the DJI Phantom 4 Pro

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Have you ever wondered why your photos and video from your DJI Phantom 4 or Phantom 4 Pro does not look as good as the photos or video you see others posting? It’s probably because you are using the auto mode setting for the camera on your drone. To unlock the cameras true potential, you need to put your camera into manual mode. In this video, I walk through the basics of using manual camera mode on the Phantom 4 drone. Using manual mode really does take a decent understanding of photography fundamentals. This is where Ditch Auto comes in. We produced a course that helps you understand how to shoot in manual mode on your camera. Many of the settings and options in most popular DSLR cameras are similar to what your Phantom 4 drone allows you to control. You can take our Ditch Auto course for free. Check out the link below. We are also working on producing a Ditch Auto course specifically for drone pilots. Make sure to check back as we will be releasing that course spring of 2017. Get the DJI Phantom 4 Pro on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2jrUJiP Learn how to Ditch Auto and take better photos with our free Ditch Auto course: https://www.udemy.com/ditch-auto-start-shooting-in-manual/

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The 7 Habits Of Photographers That Shoot In Manual

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How many times have you found yourself wondering why two images taken seconds apart appear different? You get back to your computer to view your images only to find that your images lack consistency. Hours later you have your images edited and ready to share with the world. A Photographer that has mastered the manual settings of their camera has taken control of their camera which results in consistency across the images in their set. Imagine photographing a wedding. During the ceremony, you take about 200 photos. As you review those pictures, you notice the color tones are different on the skin of your Bride and Groom throughout your 200 photos. You might also notice that some photos are darker while others are brighter. Frustrated, you settle into your chair and begin editing in an attempt to normalize all of the photos into some happy medium. The Photographer who shoots in manual mode views light in a different way as they look through their camera’s viewfinder. As the photographer looks at the scene to be captured there is attention given to the direction of light and how it falls on the point-of-interest. While there are many different ways a photographer can use manual settings, the most successful often rely on a set of habits they have learned through practice and is why they can capture consistently beautiful shots almost every time they press the shutter. You can certainly get good photos using Auto Mode on your camera, but the true quality and consistency come only from …