The first thing you need to do as you begin working through Photography 1: Expressing your Vision is possibly the last thing you expected – set your camera to auto mode.
Depending on your camera, you may have a fully auto mode, a scene mode or a ‘programme’ mode, which gives the most options to adjust camera settings in auto. Compact cameras are the most likely to rely on auto presets, whereas a professional DSLR is unlikely to have a fully auto mode. Film cameras may also offer a range of auto and semi-auto modes, although it’s rare to find an auto setting on a camera manufactured before the mid-1970s. Even if you’re using a fully manual camera you’ll still be able to do most of the exercises in Part One.