Published on August 24, 2014
Kid Mode This mode is useful for taking photographs of children. The colors come vibrant and their skins look livelier, thus making it look all goody good. That all this mode is about. Action Mode This Mode is used to freeze the subjects in motion. The shutter spee d is pumped up and the camera tries to freeze the motion with the help of this. Can be for photographing vehicles, sports persons, naughty kids and animals in the wild while minimizing blur. Macro Mode This mode is used for photographing subjects up close, like flowers, insects, miniatures etc. The depth of field becomes shallow and the camera allows you to go up close to the subject (subject to the minimum focal length of the lens). Focusing is a bit tricky and the use of a tripod is advised. However if yo u want real macro images, you may need to buy macro lenses, macro rings or macro adapters depending on how much are you willing to spend. Night Mode Perhaps the most interesting among the Automatic Modes, used mainly for taking photographs in the dark. It uses the flash in the slow shutter sync mode, in which the flash fires at the end of the taking of photograph. While the foreground is illuminated by the flash, the background gets it due with the help of long shutter speed . So you will not get those black backgrounds with washed out faces which otherwise come in the Auto flash modes. Very useful for taking portraits. Use of a tripod strongly recommended. Semi Automatic Modes Aperture Priority Mode In this mode you select the aperture and the camera decides the other settings as per your selection to render a balanced photograph. Aperture priority mode is useful when you are capturing stationary subjects with varying depth of field. Choosing a large aperture means the amount of light coming to the sensor wil l be more and hence Camera will increase the Shutter speed. The opposite will happen in the case of a lower aperture. I have found Aperture priority mode particularly useful in travel photography when the only thing I need to check is the depth of field, s hallow for people and deep for landscapes etc. Know more about Depth of Field here. Shutter Priority Mode In this mode, you choose the shutter speed and let the camera decide everything else. This mode is used when trying to capture subjects with varying s peeds or the inclusion of a deliberate blur in the photograph. Thus Shutter Priority Mode comes handy in capturing both the high speed situations as well as the other situations like a dance or a waterfall. Program Mode This is one confusing mode! It is very similar to the Auto Mode but supposedly gives you some control over some of the features (again, depends on the type of camera you are using). Frankly speaking I have never tried it and can’t think of a situation where it can be useful. Manual Mode Manual Mode is the big daddy of all the camera modes. You have full control over all the camera settings and its you who thinks and decides how a given photograph should come up. However, Manual Mode is like Test Cricket, although the best but not the most fun thing. You cannot go on changing the settings for each shot especially if you are a travel/sports/war/wedding etc photographer. So most people either stick to the Auto modes of the one of the priority modes.