Are you confused by all the different shooting modes of your camera? If you are, you’re in the right place. This article will explain every camera mode on your DSLR dial. I will wrap it all up in a neat bow at the end with a printable cheat sheet to make understanding the different modes quick and easy.
First, let’s start with a picture of the camera mode dial that is on most Canon cameras.
As you can see there are multiple modes to choose from. Some of the modes are “auto” modes and don’t allow you much control of the camera, whereas others are “manual” modes that allow you to have much more control over the settings of the camera. I will start with the “manual” camera modes and work my way around to the “auto” camera modes. I will explain what camera settings are controlled by the camera and which are controlled by you. The only settings I will be discussing are the aperture (f-stop), shutter speed, ISO, and white balance. All other camera settings typically don’t have much influence on the exposure or outcome of the image and therefore will be skipped in this article.