One of the things I love about shooting in manual mode is the ability to use the camera to get some creative photos. You can not achieve these shots on auto. Just another reason to make the jump away from the green box.
1. You need a tripod. Unless you have hands of steel you will not be able to have a sharp photo without a tripod.
2. Lower your shutter speed. Slow your shutter speed way down. I’m talking 1/5 or even 5 seconds. The amount of time you want to leave your shutter open all depends on the effect you want to achieve. There isn’t a magic number.
3. May need to close up your aperture. Since your shutter speed is open for so long you will be bringing in a lot of light. In order to get your meter where you need it, you may need to close up your aperture (raise the number) Again, there is not magic number.
4. Keep your ISO as low as possible. Since you are shooting with a tripod and a slow shutter speed there really isn’t any reason to raise your ISO which may cause noise/grain. I try to keep it pretty low since if you need more light you can just lower your shutter speed even more.
5. Shot people in motion. Parent standing still while the children run crazy or kids hand’s in motion when they play a game.
6. Show the movement of water.
7. Show trails of light. Use a flashlight to write words or shapes and show the movement of cars.
Can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!