Program Shift allows you select specific aperture and shutter speed combinations when you’re in a fully-automatic Program mode. Program shift features usually work like this: in Program mode, press the shutter button halfway to meter and lock focus. Now, adjust the Program shift control. The camera will automatically cycle through all reciprocal shutter speed/aperture combinations for that particular exposure. So, you end up with the same level of exposure, but you can choose between a shutter speed/aperture combo that has a faster or slower shutter speed, or larger or smaller aperture. Program shift gives you a great degree of manual control, even when you’re in a fully automatic program mode. Consult your camera manual for details.
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• Foundations of Photography: Exposure
Covers all fundamentals of photographic exposure.
• Foundations of Photography: Lenses
Camera position and focal length, depth of field – all issues related to lens choice are detailed here.
• Foundations of Photography: Black and White
Learn the techniques and aesthetics of black and white digital photography.
• Foundations of Photography: Composition
A complete course in photographic composition.
• Foundations of Photography: Night and Low Light
Low light shooting presents its own set of challenges – this course covers them all.
• Foundations of Photography: Specialty Lenses
Super telephoto, ultra-wide, fisheye, filters – learn about all these and more.
• Foundations of Photography: Macro and Close-up
Shoot big pictures of small things in this thorough covering of macro shooting.
• Foundations of Photography: Flash
Everything you need to know about on- and off-camera flash.
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