So you got yourself a fancy DSLR and you’ve been using it on the Auto setting. Once you’ve developed your comfort with composition, it’s time to graduate to shooting in manual mode and unleash the true power of the camera you are holding in your hands. There are 3 core components to setting up your camera for a shot. These settings are the ISO, shutter speed, and aperture, all of which affect the exposure or brightness of your photo. This post will go through each of these settings in depth and what specific effects each will play on how your photo will turn out.