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Chapter 3. Controlling Exposure and Focus > Choosing a Shooting Mode

3.2. Choosing a Shooting Mode

The EOS 50D offers shooting modes that give you everything from full manual control over the exposure elements to fully automatic shooting. And as the scenes and subjects that you encounter change, you can switch shooting modes to control the exposure element that is most important to control. For example, if you're shooting a portrait, you want control over the aperture so that you can control the depth of field, so Av mode is best. But if you're shooting a soccer match, then you'll want control over the shutter speed so you can set a fast enough shutter speed to freeze the motion of players. That makes Tv mode the best choice. For quick snapshots, you may want to let the camera control everything, so one of the automatic modes is a good choice.

Figure 3.2. The Mode dial is divided into automatic and semiautomatic and manual shooting modes, as shown here.



  

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