MANUAL PHOTOGRAPHY MODE Tutorial and best settings for Canon M50

Oh… Ahoj! This is Zdenka. In one of my past videos we talked about the aperture priority mode and I think
it’s time to step it up a little bit. Like little step.. you know let’s just step it
up all the way. Let’s talk about the manual mode. In today’s video I have here
Canon eos M50, let’s go. And if you are new, thank you for stopping
by. My name is Zdenka Darula. I work as a photographer since 2007. I
make photo and video tutorials, tech reviews and creative camera challenges,
so you might consider hitting the subscribe button. So why should you
really shoot in manual mode? Well, if you have your camera set to the automatic
mode, yes the camera will do the job for you but it will calculate the best
settings based on everything. You will end up with the average snapshot. Let’s
face it. The camera doesn’t have your brain, it doesn’t know that you want
only this object sharp, everything else blurry. It doesn’t know that you wanted
this object sharp everything else really blurry like in motioin. It’s just doesn’t know and that’s where manual mode comes in very handy. In manual mode you can
control completely everything and I know it might be very scary at first to
switch from the automatic mode to manual but hey the faster you do it, the sooner
you’ll understand everything about photography, so let’s just grab the
camera and turn the dial to M. I had to turn around the Sun was really getting
into my eyes. Well in manual mode you’re gonna be
controlling three things. Those three things are called the exposure triangle
and it is aperture, shutter speed and ISO and what it really means that there are
three ways of letting the light into your camera. First of all it is aperture
then it is shutter speed, sometimes it can be slow, sometimes it can be fast and the
ISO which is sensor sensitivity to the light. Once you get to the manual mode
you will see whole bunch of numbers on the screen. This is cameras light meter. When you get the line aligned with 0 you will get
perfect exposed shot. If you want to achieve
overexposed very bright photos then you will go towards plus to the right. For
underexposed images, very dark images, you will go to the – to the left.
Aperture is the hole inside of the lens. It will change depending if you’re gonna
zoom in or zoom out. It’s also called the f-stop and what it means that the lower
F number the lower f-stop, the more lights you’re getting into your lens, to
your camera, the more bokeh you get into the shot. That means you will also get
less sharpness in the photo so only the subject will be sharp everything else
will be blurry. The higher the number, the higher the f-stop, the less light you are
getting into the lens, the more sharpness you will get into the photo, the most
bokeh you will see in your shots. So let’s look at the kit lens 15 to 45
millimeters. So the lowest f-stop is 3.5. I would use it like right now I have it
set to 3.5 because I want to be sharp and everything else is blurry behind me.
if I’m gonna be taking group shot of people like family portrait and I have
them in one straight line, then I’m gonna be selecting F/5.6 because I want them
everything I want everybody sharp in the photos. The more people I’m gonna add the more lanes I’m gonna add, the bigger the group, the higher I’m gonna go with the
f-stop. I can go sometimes to 7 & 8 just to make sure that everyone is nice and
sharp. For landscape photos I like to go F 7 8 all the way to 11 but Maxim i
would go to F 16. If you’re shooting very well lit
conditions like right now you don’t really have to worry as much about the
f-stop but if you’re gonna be shooting in a very low light then you need to
keep the aperture as low as possible, the number as small as possible because you
want to have the most light enter your camera. By the way I made a very detailed
video about the aperture aperture priority mode. The link is here and also
in the video description below so you can watch it after this one. ISO is
cameras sensitivity to the light. The more light you will get like right now,
the smaller the is all you will use. So right now I’m using ISO 100 if it’s not
so bright and so sunny then you can use ISO 200. The less light you will get the
higher the ISO well get but with that the higher ISO the more noise you will
get in your photos, those little dots which are not so nice, so you still want
to make sure that we are keeping your ISO pretty low. Indoors you might have to
shoot at ISO 600 to 1500. During the weddings, sometimes I even had to go all
the way to 3200 but I was in a very very dark church. Shutter speed is how fast
your camera shutter will close and it can be very fast and it can be very slow.
It also depends how much light you want the camera to enter and it’s written as 1
slash specific number what it means that the shutter is open for one slash number
of a second. When I’m taking photo of an object and lighting is pretty good,
then I can keep it you know and one sixtieth of a second no problem. My
hands are steady enough to hold it and not to have a blurry shot but what I’m
taking photo over person who is moving then you want to keep the shutter speed
at least at 125th of a second even faster when I have people entering the
hole during wedding receptions and they are you know kind of dancing moving very
fast I have usually shutter speed at and you need to use very low shutter
speed then you will need definitely a tripod so anything below one sixtieth of
a second I would recommend a tripod bottom line slower shutter speed allows
more light into the image but also allows more blurry into your photos
faster shutter speed allows less light into your camera but it creates more
sharpness in your images so these are the basics when it comes to shooting in
manual mode I’ll hit the thumbs up button if you liked today’s video
subscribe to all future videos like this and let me know what is your preferred
mode on the camera please don’t tell me is the automatic if
you have any questions or comments please write them below you know I read
it all and I will always respond and I will see you my friends in the next
video. Cau… Ahoj…

62 Replies to “MANUAL PHOTOGRAPHY MODE Tutorial and best settings for Canon M50”

  1. Thank you for watching. What is your favorite mode to shoot at….. besides automatic…:):):):):) how is everyone doing today?

  2. Ahoy! I like to shoot in aperture mode. In my last trip abroad, I challenged myself to use manual mode more. Had a lot less keepers but learned so much!

  3. Shutter priority mode when in a hurry, and Aperture priority or Manual Mode when there is time to prepare the shot. Hello!

  4. Do you have any vlogs done at sidewalk Oshawa downtown? Wonder what effect that setting would give.

  5. A really interesting and informative video thank you. A sometimes confusing topic simply explained so that even I can understand it and that takes some doing! I did start off using Automatic Mode (sorry) quite a lot, but I do try Manual Mode from time to time, but I also like to experiment with the other modes the camera has too. As you say, the more you practice the better you will become. I'm off to look at the 'Aperture Priority Mode' again now.
    I can definitely see that the quality and content of your videos is getting better every time which is great!! Until the next one – enjoy your day.

  6. Zdenka, At 2:47 you say the zero mark is a perfectly exposed shot. You then over expose and under expose but that indicator never moves. That is very confusing. Can you explain that?

  7. At 4:39 you say you are In very well lit conditions. Are you using an ND filter on the lens at that point? If not, when do you know when it is time to use one?

  8. I like to shoot Manual, for vintage lenses luckily M6 and M5O have focus peaking…. that is a godsend…. Thanks for this one…

  9. 🎉🎉🎉🎉 thank you so much for this finally I get it 🤣🤣🤣🤣 okay I will take my m50 and venture out today! Lol

  10. Thanks for the video. Simple and clear 👌🏻. I shoot about 70% AP and 30%TV. Used to shoot lots of sport but now sold my big Canon DSLR and just loving my M50. 😁

  11. Zeedee, ahoj. I have been taking photos for the past 53 years as a hobbyist, yet I'll admit that despite my best judgements I sometimes feel exposures could have been better with different settings once I scrutinise final results. Learning for improvement never stops.

  12. Manual. Manual. Manual always. Very nicely explained my friend. I am glad you mentioned a couple very specific details that people normally miss when explaining manual mode. Welldone! 😁😁

  13. Very well explained, I always used AP if I want to grap loads of photos as I find it quicker I only switch to manual when I want to play around with the exposure to get a particular look.

  14. I have a couple of Pentax lenses…the 50mm 1.7 and the 135mm 3.5 fully manual…that I use with my M50 (and an adapter of course). The most difficult thing, in my opinion, is to figure out if your subject (when far or relatively far) is well in focus or not. Even with a tripod…the only solution has been to connect the cam in live view with my laptop…BUT it's not really practical bringing my laptop with me when I shoot outdoors…I really like them but most of the time I get disappointed when I go home and see the results. I really enjoy shooting manual…but if I need to get the job done without surprises I just go with lenses which support the awesome Canon autofocus…

  15. 😄😄😄 I've learned about the Aperture, Shutters Speed, and ISO from other channels… But this video is more exciting. Now I know, content is essential, but the way of the presenter delivered is the most important…

  16. Hello again Zdenka!!
    Thank you very much for this very simple explanation of the three parameters in manual mode, you explain in a very easy and very pleasant way how to combine these three elements of the operation in manual mode. Although you did not include pictures to exemplify the parameters, believe me what they did not need, you guide us to experiment with the cameras and the results we want to obtain. I really like the way you prepare for your videos, you have a very professional way to show the information you want to convey to us, you have a very peculiar pedagogical ability for your presentations and you don't just limit yourself in making a presentation. I congratulate you for being a great professional in all the areas in which you operate. In each video you present I learn something new and that is invaluable.
    My favorite mode is AV and after watching this video I think manual mode will be my second one.
    Kindly regards from Mexico.

  17. Hi can I ask what lens is best for both landscape and portrait photography for canon m50? And if I need adaptor for this lens thank you!

  18. I have never used automode, first thing I did when I got my camera I started in Manual mode, after spending hours and hours of studying. I have tried to get used to switch to AP or TV mode but the manual mode is kinda stuck with me right now, but I will definately try it out some more. Thanks for a great video as always!

  19. I prefer to use Manual mode, however there are times I will change to the other ones depending on what I'm trying to achieve.

  20. Thank you for sharing. This is a very good knowledgeable content lesson. Even it could be a bit complicated for the learner but it is a good enough library to save in list.

  21. Hello Zdenka! Great subject here! My favorite mode is Aperture mode. Using manual mode does force you to learn your camera faster and is really satisfying to know you can control your scene the way you want to! I will make it a goal to try and use manual more often! Thank you, and have a great day!

  22. I’m using manual all the time now, although I still have to watch videos on the exposure triangle, and refer to a book. I have bookmarked this video for future reference. Thanks Zdenka.

  23. Without any choices, I had to shoot in Manual mode with my first SLR and MF (Nikon F2A and Hasselblad 500 C/M) over four decades ago. Then it was by choice in Aperture Priority mode with a DSLR or semi automatic SLR, except with studio strobes/flashes and a flash meter.

    Besides the exposure triangle and various modes, I place equal importance to know how to determine/read the Exposure Value (EV) of the scene and/or knowing the desired EV to capture the image. To do so, one needs to understanding of the metering method (incident, reflective, spot or averaging spot readings) or various metering patterns of the camera.

    Using manual mode, +/- EV (with other modes) or auto bracketing (failure is not an option) are just some post learning methods to set the camera to the desired EV. Also, in most cases, shooting in manual mode with an incident meter is just the same as metering one's palm (knowing the +/- EV from 18% gray) with the camera meter, if available.

    So, shooting with any cameras, including the M50 or smartphones is very much the same for an experienced photographer. Although many photographers prefer to shoot with the same model over a long period, since they know the pros and cons of their camera by heart.

  24. I have watched so many videos about manual mode and ofcourse I need to watch yours too. It would be nice if you can make a video about photo editing too. Thanks ❤

  25. Sorry, but no compelling reason to use manual was given. What you said about exposure was true, but even in dreaded Auto, the camera meter does much more than simply measure light strength. And, those calculations it does are active in the Aperture or Shutter preferred settings on my Nikon D7200. In Matrix metering, a lot is considered, according to books on the topic I’ve read for Nikon, I suspect the other famous brands do similarly. In Centre Weighted or Spot, other things are considered. Zero on the indicator scale in manual mode is not perfect exposure, it is middle gray…or is it? Does my Nikon need an adjustment to get the bride’s dress white enough? How do you handle this? Actually, I really do need to figure this out for my equipment because my friend of over 50 years has a daughter getting married in October! Still, not a bad video.

  26. Dear Lady! Could you Please explain how to set Manual focus in pictures? Lens EF-M, I follow the user manual… and it doesn't work… I misses something…
    Thank you!

  27. Sorry Zdenka…slipped into Ed the Engineer mode. I love reading my camera manual, or the two additional books i have for it. Really, just wanted to say our little computers that we call cameras have features we should know about. Still would like to know if you increase exposure when the bride in white occupies the frame, or if you just use the meter at zero.

  28. Nice video, I subscribed to your channel ….. I recently bought canon 800D, I am still learning the manual mode, but I mostly find myself falling back to Aperture priority.

  29. Thank you, Zdenka! I have to take headshot photos for a marketing client today and this really helped me to feel more confident going into that experience! You have a new subscriber here!

  30. Dear Zdenka, I own a M50 and have seen so many of your videos. I love your personality and presentations. I would love if you could do a video on the eye autofocus mode of M50, its limitations and how to overcome them. Also would love you do a still photoshoot using M50 both in studio environment and outdoors, sharing the settings and results. Hope you will consider

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