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Scene Modes

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Definition: Scene modes are pre-set exposure modes on beginner-level digital cameras that help inexperienced photographers achieve the proper automatic settings for a photo. By using a scene mode, the photographer is telling the digital camera to emphasize a certain aspect of the settings for a particular set of upcoming photos.

For example, the photographer might choose "Sports" as the scene mode when shooting at a baseball game. The digital camera then would emphasize the camera's automatic settings for a fast shutter speed to capture moving action. Another scene mode might be "Night," which tells the camera to emphasize allowing more light into the image sensor. Some cameras contain a dozen or more scene modes.

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