How to use P mode on your camera.
If your DSLR’s automatic mode doesn’t give you enough control — but you’re not yet ready for full manual —learn how to use your camera’s P mode. It may be just what you need.
The P mode on a digital SLR stands for Programmed Automatic settings. Shooting in this mode gives you control over some settings that are automatic in your camera’s fully automatic mode. P mode is a great way to learn more about manual settings if you’re not ready to jump into manual mode with both feet quite yet.
What P mode will let you do.
P mode gives you some control but lets the camera do most of the deciding. It can be a learning tool, as well as a time saver. Using P mode enables you to do some fine-tuning without the time of a manual settings adjustment.
Here is what your camera’s P mode will allow you do to:
- Turn your flash on or off: While your new DSLR is smart, it doesn’t always understand the effect you’re after. P mode will allow you to decide if the flash is needed for the shot you want.
- Control your camera’s sensitivity to light: When you need a low shutter speed to avoid a blurry image but your shot needs more light, P mode allows you to adjust the ISO setting for the right balance.
- Fine-tune your exposure: P mode’s exposure compensation allows you to adjust the camera’s calculated exposure quickly and incrementally. If the brightness is not what you’re looking for, you can make a simple adjustment on the fly.
- Adjust your white balance: If your camera misses the mark finding the correct white balance, P mode will let you make fine adjustments.
P mode is a great intermediate step on the way to mastering full auto, but even experienced pros find P mode helpful in making quick adjustments. Discover even more great tips that will up your photography skills.
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