how i use manual mode + free custom settings

My custom settings are below ↓.

How a photographer uses manual mode is personal to your photography style and genre. It’s never something you master, because there’s always something new to try.

For me, color grading, filters and camera settings are something I constantly work and improve on.

My biggest advice, is to play around with settings and lighting. The best way I have found to do this, is by joining photography groups on Facebook. People in these groups are consistently sharing incredible photography, with the settings for the photo they took, usually in the description of their post. When i’m doing my daily FB scroll, and see a photo I like in my feed, I save the settings I want to try in my Facebook “photography inso” pile, I then try the settings out and adjust the settings however I want.

My aperture is usually set at 3-4, I love blurry foregrounds/backgrounds. Shutter speed is almost always UP for me. Going through all those photos is 1000% worth it, to get that one incredible shot.

ISO adds light. But it also adds a grainy look. Which CAN be aesthetic and give a vintage vibe. But be careful, you can always add grain later.

Grab a notepad. If you like the look, you can save these settings, and try them out as you wish.

Settings are listed underneath photos. ↷

f/5.0 – 1/160 – 75mm – iso800
f/3.5 – 1/400 – 18mm – iso100
f/4.0 – 1/1600 – 28mm – iso1600
f/3.5 – 1/1400 – 18mm – iso100
f/4.0 – 1/125 – 75mm – iso100
f/3.5 – 1/320 – 20mm – iso100
f/4.5 – 1/640 – 34mm – iso100
f/4.0 – 1/640 – 18mm – iso100
f/4.0 – 1/500 – 25mm – iso100
f/5.6 – 1/320 – 55mm – iso1600

Thanks for reading!

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Sophie Lukin

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