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Chapter 7. Program Mode > Switching to Program Mode

Switching to Program Mode

If you followed along during Chapter 2, “Getting to Know Your Camera,” you should have found the mechanism that your camera provides for changing modes. Not all cameras have a Program mode, but these days most SLRs and many point-and-shoots do. Look at your camera’s mode control and see if it has a P on it. This stands for Program mode. Many SLRs have a mode dial, while Nikon SLRs have a mode button, which lets you select P. Smaller point-and-shoots that provide a menu for mode selection may or may not have a Program mode. No matter what kind of camera you have, you’ll want to follow along with this chapter. Keep your camera’s manual close by, so you can determine exactly which features your camera has.

Program mode is a lot like Auto mode because it automatically calculates aperture and shutter speed, and possibly ISO, but it also allows for a fair amount of manual override. In most Program modes, you’ll be able to control white balance, Flash mode, and apply changes to aperture and shutter speed. In addition, you’ll most likely have control of the camera’s autofocus system, be able to choose whether it should shoot single shots or bursts of images, and much more. Depending on the controls on your camera, you might actually have as much manual control in Program mode as you have in some Manual modes on your camera.


  

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