We often hear stories of new photographers missing the shot because they’re not comfortable with manual mode yet. Honestly, this happens to seasoned photographers too. While it may seem like a good idea to do a quick switch into Auto mode during stressful or high-stakes shoots, that doesn’t set you up for success in the long run.
The best remedy is practice, practice, practice (which we’re sure you’ve heard time and time again)! What you may not have realized is that you don’t necessarily need to be behind the camera to practice the key components of manual mode. Canon has devised this great tool called Canon Outside of Auto – an interactive website that clearly explains shutter speed, aperture and ISO by visually showing you the effects, as you change the settings.