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Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Shooting in Program AE Mode.

First, you need to select the Program AE Mode at the camera Mode Dial. You might found your Dial looks different, but I'm sure you can find the P icon ( In red circle) at the Dial :)

So, what does Program AE (Or I called it as Exposure-Priority) Mode do? Let's begin. These are the setting for my camera, but it will be about the same as yours as well. Do not worry ^^

Aperture = Program Shift
Shutter Speed = Program Shift
Exposure = Selectable
ISO Speed = Selectable
Picture Style = Selectable
White Balance = Selectable
AF Mode = Selectable
AF Point Selection = Selectable
Drive Mode = Selectable
Metering Mode = Selectable
Built-in Flash = Selectable

Most of the settings are selectable in Program AE Mode, it is about the SAME as Shutter-Priority Mode.  I would say there is no more honeymoon for user who choose this Mode. There are many things to aware and you need to try different setting in different situation, Manually :)

The Aperture and Shutter Speed are in Program Shift, or should called it Auto. Therefore, you need to pay attention to the Exposure and ISO Speeds for a normal shooting, just ignore the white balance, drive mode and etc at the beginning. Program AE Mode is like Auto Mode, but you are allowed to control AF Mode, Metering, White Balance and etc, as shown as above.  I will show it step by step, in simple way.

1) Set your desire Exposure.
- The Shutter Speed and Aperture will automatically shift in order to get the Exposure you want. It is suitable for most shooting. 

2) Set your desire ISO Speeds.
-If you found you can't get a satisfy result because of the dark environment, a higher ISO speeds will give a wider option for the camera to adjust and get a balance setting for both Shutter Speed and Aperture. 

3) Set your desire AF Point.
- You can select your desire AF Point in this Mode. Unlike Auto Mode, Portrait Mode, Landscape Mode and etc, you can now choose the point you want to be focused. The Red Square shows the selected AF Point.

4) Try to focus with Manual Focus.
- I strongly recommend the user who choose Shutter-Priority Mode use Manual Focus. All you need to do is push the button from AF to MF.

Well, although Auto Focus is very convenient in most of the time, you need to try Manual Focus in order to improve your skill. Also, Manual Focus save more battery than Auto Focus. If you do not have a Battery Grip ( I only use it when I attach the External Flash ), you can use Manual Focus so your battery can last for the whole day.

5) Set the AF Mode.
- I'm sorry to tell you that you are not allowed to use AF Mode if you are using Manual Focus. It is because once you selected Manual Focus, all the AF Mode selection will not works. Switch back to Auto Focus to capture moving objects. :)

6) Try different Drive Mode for continuous action.
- There are 5 different Drive Mode for my camera, which are Single, Low-Speed continuous Shutter, High-Speed Continuous Shutter, 2 seconds Timer and 10 seconds Timer.

The first thing you need to aware is light source. If the environment is too dark, you can forget about the Continuous Shutter because you will not get a sharp and clear picture. Please refer back to chapter "How to Freeze Motion?".

7) Set your desire White Balance and Picture Style.
- Please refer back to chapter "How does White Balance work?" and "How does Picture Style work?"

8) Set your desire Metering Mode.
- Please refer back to chapter "How does Metering Mode work?"

9) Set your desire Drive Mode
- Please refer back to chapter "How does Drive Mode work?"

10) Freeze motion and Depth of Field
- In Program AE Mode, you are allowed to select a higher or lower f-number for Certain Model of camera. The Shutter will shift to the proper speed in order to get your desire Exposure as well.  But of course, the results might not as good as Shutter-Priority Mode and Aperture-Priority Mode.

Actually, Program AE Mode is the gentle start for users who want to manually control the camera settings. You will see the differences when you move on to further chapters.

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