Experiment with Manual Mode

Today I felt like a kid again. Switched my camera from auto to manual mode for the first time and attempted to take some shots. I have to say that the experience was worth it and only makes me even more eager to dive deeper into camera functionality.

Everything here is SOOC I’ve added labels just to remind myself what my camera was set at for each shot. I should also note that I did not mess with focus for this experiment. 

I decided to give things a try before my Bible study this evening. I first took shots outside to see what would happen. I was really impressed by the second image I took outside of the wheel chair door access button. The bokeh is one thing, but the clarity? Amazing! *chef’s kiss*

The real kicker for me was the ISO portion of the experiment. I was sitting in the foyer of my church for this experiment. The only light coming in was through the glass door at the entrance. So I was in almost complete darkness.

First shot using ISO 8000 with a shutter speed of 1/100. Aperture is the widest on the lens I was using. The image looks fine to me in low light. Image brightness is on par with the ambience of the room.

Second shot using ISO 16000 with the shutter speed and aperture as before. Image looks bright, but a bit grainy.

Third shot using ISO 32000. Image looks a bit brighter, but very grainy.

So, what have I learned from this experiment?
– Higher ISO makes images very grainy, especially in low light.
– Lower shutter speeds brings more light into the camera as opposed to a higher shutter speeds.
– Zooming a lens affects the aperture.

This was a fun experiment and really brought back memories of the joys I’ve had as a curious kid with a camera. There’s a lot more to go on this journey. Looking forward to whatever else comes along.

Winnipeg, Canada