AE-Lock – “Automatic Exposure Lock”

The AE-Lock feature allows your camera to expose for a specific lighting condition by memorizing the correct automatic exposure in a certain part of the viewing frame, ignoring the rest of the light in the frame. Every camera establishes the AE-Lock section differently, so check your manual!

Usually this is done by aiming your camera, while in one of the auto modes, at a certain part of the scene, and then pressing the AE-Lock Button.

On many Canon cameras, this is the so-called “Star” button (small * above the button)

On Nikon Cameras the button is marked as


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Sean has been shooting since schooldays (started with a borrowed Pentax K1000 from His sister, also a photographer) but only became seriously involved with photography when he returned from living in Eastern Europe. While overseas he did shoot some non-profit editorial work and also made the big switch from Nikon to Canon. Today, Sean likes to shoot Stock. "Stock is the 'best of both worlds' industry, that requires creativity and very set guidelines to be successful..." Sean also teaches photography (basic, advanced & other Stock-related courses) and frequently arrange "shooting days" for photography clubs and individual groups.

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