Exposure Mode Dial

The exposure mode dial is the creative heart of your camera.

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The dial has letters and icons.

You can use them to transform a so-so photograph into a keeper.

Letters on the Dial

Letter Does This
M You have to set both the lens opening and the shutter speed.
A or Av You set the lens opening, and the camera sets the shutter speed.
S or Tv You set the shutter speed, and the camera sets the lens opening.
P (Program) The cameras sets both the lens opening and the shutter speed.
Auto (Often green colored word or icon) The Auto exposure mode sets every setting on the camera to factory defaults, and then selects both the lens opening and shutter speed.

Icons on the Dial

Icon Good For
Face Portraits
Mountain Landscapes
Flower Close-ups
Jogger Freezes movement
Figure with a crescent moon or a star Night portraits

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Exposure Modes - Letters

Special Exposure Modes - Icons