A Guide to the Five Main Shooting Modes on Your DSLR

Scene Modes (SCN)

Some advanced DSLR cameras are beginning to include a scene mode option on the mode dial, usually marked with an SCN. These modes initially appeared with point and shoot cameras, attempting to allow the photographer to match the scene he or she is trying to photograph with the settings on the camera, but in a simplistic manner.

DSLR manufacturers are including scene modes on DSLR camera mode dials to try to help inexperienced photographers migrate to the more advanced camera. However, scene modes are not really all that useful. You’re probably better served by just sticking with Auto mode.

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