Starting with the green "auto" and circling counter-clock wise
Auto=Controls ISO, aperture & shutter speed
No Flash=You want the auto settings, but don't want a flash
Lady with a hat=Portrait often a larger aperture for background blur
Mountains=Landscape, smaller aperture for excellent depth of field
Baby=Faster shutter speed (babies move a lot)
Jumping Person=Action shots, Sports, Cars, fast shutter speed, fast ISO
Tulip=Anything close up, allows you to focus closer to the subject
Person with Star=Night-time photography (the flash will go off to expose the person and the shutter will stay open longer to take in the night scene behind.
M=Fully manual, you need to set aperture & shutter speed often used when you are in a controlled lighting situation
A=Aperture Priority=You set the size of the opening and the shutter speed will be automatically set
S=Shutter Speed Priority=You set the shutter speed & the aperture will automatically set
P=Programable Mode (pre-set using setting you use a lot)
Controlling the Focus
The cameras that we use in the classroom have both a manual and automatic setting for FOCUS. The toggle between the A & M controls that focus.
There are times when you need to focus quickly and Auto Focus is helpful. There are other times when you desire to force a certain area into focus, and it is difficult to do in manual.
If you choose to toggle to M for Manual, please ensure that you toggle the setting back to A for Automatic, before you place it back into the charging cart. Your classmates will thank you!