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Old April 20th, 2005, 04:49 AM
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I'm just curious to know what mode most people shoot in the majority of the time -- Manual? Aperture priority? Shutter priority? And, how do you go about choosing your mode and your aperture and shutter speed? I think that different photographers go about this a little differently than others, and I thought it would be interesting to hear what ya'll do (there's the southern in me coming out).
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Old April 20th, 2005, 06:57 AM
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I prefer to shoot in manual mode most of the time. There are times when I may revert to Av or Tv depending on the lighting conditions and the specific action. Most of my photography does not require "firing from the hip" and I have time to compose my shot and carefully choose the best aperture and shutter speed for my intended output. I find that manual gives me the maximum freedom.
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Old April 20th, 2005, 11:35 AM
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I mostly use Aperture priority nowadays... As it's easier for me to handle the DOF than Shutter priority and Program.

I use manual long time ago before I started being lazy...
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Old April 20th, 2005, 11:44 AM
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if i'm taking pics of the kids playing i usually just set it to auto...if i'm setting up a shot i'll use manual....the recent pics i took in goliad i switched around...just to see if i could still manually adjust quick enough
and sometimes i use aperature priority.
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Old April 20th, 2005, 12:26 PM
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if i'm taking pics of the kids playing i usually just set it to auto...
That's too funny. I am so much more comfortable with auto with kids running around! However, since getting the D70, I noticed a bunch of what I guess is camera shake even with a lens that isn't a long lens. I've wondered if I should boost up my ISO setting and if that will help. But, I'm really trying to do all manual now and not fall back into my laziness!
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Old April 20th, 2005, 12:41 PM
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Tobad there isnt an intellegent auto, something you can program yourself to react the way you normally would.

[edit]I forgot to expand on this. It would be nice to have a custom auto where it wont go slower than a certain shutter speed to prevent hand shake, that it will auto boost the iso to compensate. Or to have a range of aperatures it can use that it will try to stay between. Like if you really like narrow dof's when shooting candids.[/edit]

I would probably use auto for pictures of kids or candids at a wedding. My luck by the time I adjusted the settings the shot will be gone.

Otherwise I would probably use aperature or shutter priority. For me its the same as usuaing manual but it does half the work for you. Aperature if I want a certain dof, or shutter if I want to prevent going to slow.

Then manual if im doing lighting.

I mostly use autofocus at first, then switch to manual to do a slight adjustment.

For those here that have glasses, have you bothered getting the adjustment thing for your viewfinder?
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Old April 25th, 2005, 10:17 AM
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aperature, shutter and manual. kinda a balance between them. depends on the type of photography i am shooting.
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Old April 25th, 2005, 10:22 AM
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Manual shooting and manual metering for me an old dye in the wool approach I know all the built in technology is simply a waste in my hands.

It's a pity we can't buy a great digital camera with no gadgets putting all the money into quality rather than marketing hype.
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It's a pity we can't buy a great digital camera with no gadgets putting all the money into quality rather than marketing hype.
No kidding. I would much rather have a good build and a better exposure metering system than having 14 different shooting modes that I never use!
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Old April 25th, 2005, 12:19 PM
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I wonder if the big camera maufacturers ever read these forums!
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