Learning To Use Aperture Priority & ISO For Entry Level DSLR’S

Hey Everyone, Happy Weekend!! Lately I’ve been trying to figure out the settings that I think are right for taking photos with my Nikon D3300. As a Fashion Blogger images and content are the two most important things you have at your disposal to draw in readers, or to enhance your overall content. The camera that I use is considered an entry level DSLR camera and it let’s you play around with shooting in RAW, JPEG, or even JPEG fine (which is what I’m shooting with currently, RAW image files are massive and let’s just say that I’m a little hesitant to work with RAW for blog posts and how long they would take to upload.

The Nikon (and any DSLR camera) has exposure modes and the one I’ve decided to work with is aperture priority auto where the camera takes care of the shutter speed for you, but you can adjust the ISO depending on the amount of background blur you want, to capturing your object/thing/person in motion, to just about anything. I’ve been watching online lectures so that I can learn on my own to be a novice in photography, and then I often take my camera out so I can practice in different scenarios. So The next paragraph is where I will elaborate on some of the things I’ve learned and find to be useful.

There were a few key things that registered while watching these lectures. The photographer I watched said that he shoots in aperture 90% of the time. Another said to get away from shooting in plain old JPEG. And they all agree that you shouldn’t take images in auto, or else you just bought yourself a very expensive shoot and zoom camera. I also began to look at images a little differently, as photography has a lot of nuances. When it comes to taking a photo, you as the photographer get to tell a story.

You have control of what your audience will see, but not only about seeing the photo you took but you also have that control of where their eyes will focus on first, or where they will be lead into a photo. You also have to consider the situation that you’re in, and that’s what will determine the exposure modes you’ll be using. But if you’re in Aperture Priority, all you have to do is adjust your ISO. (ISO is measured in numbers, with the lowest number being the least sensitive to light, (e.g. ISO 100), and the highest number being the most sensitive to light, (e.g. ISO 6400). Honestly you should really keep this in mind “GET OUT OF AUTO”.

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Happy Learning

-Xo Zaychishka


9 thoughts on “Learning To Use Aperture Priority & ISO For Entry Level DSLR’S

    1. You know as long as you try, and go out of your way to learn and to continue learning
      that’s all that matters. I doubt you’re as bad as you think you are with a camera,
      My Nikon has a built in manual so it makes it easier to learn how to do certain things, or to play with exposure modes
      perhaps you should try a Nikon in the future too!

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      1. I also took a history of photography class ..back in art history but don’t remember it at all 😀 English was the second language and could not understand her …plus it was at 8am. But hey thanks for the tip Hun, will try it


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