Why manual focus? Because auto focus can be tricky in low light situations! And once you’ve found the focus, you won’t really need to change it – especially if you use smaller apertures like f/11 or f/16 which increases depth of field. (Depth of Field is a fancy way of saying “depth of focus”. Your aperture is one of the factors that control depth of field: how much or how little is in focus.)
Why manual mode? Because YOU can choose what the correct settings should be. (More about this in tomorrow’s tip!)
Do you know how to use your camera in Manual Mode (M)? Or do all those dials elude you? Would you like to learn what all those controls do, and how you can be more in control of how your photographs look? Comment and let me know. I can start to blog some tips and lessons if people are interested!