By Mike Layne
When it come to taking outdoor photos, people tend to fall into two categories. At one end of the spectrum are the amateur hobbyist and professional photographers. They use words like aperture, white balance, ISO, shutter speed and F-Stop. They use tri-pods, wear vests, have large full-frame cameras and they take stunning photographs, causing the rest of us no small amount of photo-envy. On the other end are the rest of us. We typically have a medium to high end point-and-click camera or a low to mid range DSLR (the one you can change lenses on). Because the terminology of photography can be intimidating, some folks shy away from using anything but the 'Automatic Mode' on their cameras. One easy way to upgrade the quality of your outdoor photography, without learning what ISO, F-Stop and Aperture really mean, is to learn, in layman's terms, when to use the other modes built into your camera. Here are five modes and when and how to use them.
Macro Mode - This is excellent for taking photos very close up. As you might have guessed from the icon, flowers are a good example of this. Where portrait mode narrows your range of focus slightly, making your background go out of focus, macro mode narrows the range of focus even smaller, so much so that you need to be careful what is in and out of focus or it can produce unwanted results. You can also play around with this mode for taking close-in shots of peoples faces. Playing with what is in and out of focus in your photos is an easy way to create photos that stand out from the everyday snap shots produced by automatic mode.
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