Moving From A to M Presenter: Ron Trink, IACC Member Assistant: Gilles Simard Article written by Tom Spiller, IACC Member
On Saturday, January 13, 2018, Ron Trink began by stating that the goal of the workshop was to get novice photographers to “move from automatic to manual” camera control. The benefit of understanding how the camera works allows users to exercise complete control over the expression of their images. For this reason, the event was well attended and well received.
An easy to read document was provided to all attendees to support the instruction given. Ron explained the three components of the exposure triangle (ISO, shutter speed, and aperture) and gave examples where re-balancing is needed or desired. Other camera functions such as white balance, metering mode, and focus mode were also addressed.
Ron soon had everyone go hands-on with their cameras to demonstrate the relationships within the exposure triangle. He also pointed out limitations and effects of extreme settings. This began a discussion on the topic of depth of field (DOF). The effects of aperture, focal distance (distance to subject), and focal length (lens zoom) were explained. The workshop host, Barry Headrick, summarized the concepts of a lens sweet spot, and the plane of focus. Barry also referenced dofmaster.com as a source of information.
After ensuring everyone knew how to read their displays for a properly exposed image using manual mode, Ron and Gilles, who are IACC members,encouraged all to practice and explore.
Many thanks to Ron for providing us with two models for the exercises!