Super Tip: Manual Mode With Auto ISO

Steve Perry (from backcountrygallery) published a really cool and useful video tip on shooting in manual mode while using automatic ISO – this gives you amazing flexibility when controlling the exposure and is extremely useful whenever you need to manage different shooting conditions quickly.

Perry has some great video tips and we have published here previously quite a few of those (see link below). On this video he talks about an interesting way of controlling exposure. The general idea is this – move your camera into manual mode and turn on the auto ISO sensitivity control (on Nikon cameras). choose a minimum and maximum ISO and you are done.
Now, it might sound strange to be in manual mode with an auto ISO setting (after all this means that you do not really control one of your settings and thus you are not really in full manual (which is true), however you do gain something – and that is the ability to quickly play with your shutter speed and make it as low or as high as you need at any given situation while having the camera automatically set the ISO within your defined minimum and maximum limits.
We find this to be a really cool idea and we are going to test it very soon and you might like to do the same and see if this mode fits your style of photography.

You can check out many more helpful photography tips on our Photography tips section here on LensVid. We have a special page dedicated to Perry ‘s videos which you can find here.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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