Tip of the day.
Sometimes during a shoot, you can get confused. What am I doing? Why are they all staring at me? Was I going to use Aperture mode or Manual? Why is it all over-exposed? Or under-exposed? Help!
I can identify with that feeling. The first time I took my car for a drive alone, without instructor, and I encountered a large roundabout.. brrr. Or on an early solo flight, when while I was turning final the stall warning went off. Too much to check at once: air speed, vertical rate of descent, flap setting, throttle, carb heat… all while the buzzer goes buzz buzz. Help!
So in a car or in an airplane, I have no good suggestions. Well I do actually: first of all, do nothing. Panicking makes things much, much worse. If you don’t do anything, things will likely stabilize.
But in a camera it may not work out that way, which is where today’s tip comes in.
When you get confused, take a tip from the camera.
 Set the camera to:
- Auto ISO
- Auto White Balance
- Smart metering (Evaluative/3D Colour Matrix)
- Program mode (“P)
- TTL Flash (“TTL” displayed on the back of your flash unit)
…and now see what the camera does.
 Now use those settings (ISO, Aperture, shutter) as your starting point. Set them in whatever mode you wanted – like manual.
 Then vary from that starting point.
Often, that resets your problems. Perhaps your problem was an unrealistic shutter speed, or a way-too-low ISO. Well, the settings above will sort that put ad get you started right. Then you can bring your own creativity to bear from there.
See? As simple as 1-2-3.