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Shutter priority - aperture priority - or manual

Jay44 15 1.4k Wales
2 Sep 2006 7:43PM
The above functions are available on most modern cameras.

I only ever use manual.

What setting do you all prefer?
keithh 17 25.8k 33 Wallis And Futuna
2 Sep 2006 7:48PM
SimPick 15 545 2 Azerbaijan
2 Sep 2006 7:50PM
It's a bit daft to constantly use manual all the time. Probably like everyone else I use AP for when you want to control DOF and shutter is not an issue, i.e camera is tripod mounted, and Shuter Priority when the subject is moving. That's the usual thing. Mine is on AP or Shutter Priority 95% of the time.
Jay44 15 1.4k Wales
2 Sep 2006 7:52PM
Well I'm afraid I'm going to defend the daft usage of manual photography.

Manual means using your brain - at the end of the day I decide on the settings I want not the camera, which believe me, has got it wrong umpteen times.

Thanks for listening.
spaceman 17 5.3k 3 Wales
2 Sep 2006 7:53PM
I depends on which is appropriate. I mostly use AP or SP, occasionally M, very occasionally P.
Jay44 15 1.4k Wales
2 Sep 2006 7:53PM

Ah yes, isn't that the fully automatic function of the camera?

I avoid that like the plague.
takui neko 17 849 11 Spain
2 Sep 2006 7:54PM
Manual. :o)
keithh 17 25.8k 33 Wallis And Futuna
2 Sep 2006 7:56PM
What?...I pay all this money and now I have to do all the way - P Mode for me and let the camera do what it's being paid for.
User_Removed 17 17.9k 8 Norway
2 Sep 2006 7:57PM
Whatever suits the subject and the light conditions. 'Program' a lot of the time when using the short zoom (18-70), keeping an eye on aperture (DoF) and focal length/shutter speed. Tend to switch to Manual or Shutter Priority above 70mm. Rarely use Aperture Priority.
Mark_Readman 16 922
2 Sep 2006 7:59PM
night papping and I am just going out its always manual
eos 1d mkii- 16-35
580 ex + pack
settings manual f 4.5 or 5.6 shutter 125 iso 250 flash comp+ 1
job done
agree with jay 44
manual is king !
SimPick 15 545 2 Azerbaijan
2 Sep 2006 8:00PM
Using AP or shutter priority still enables you to chose the settings. There is nothing stopping me from using exposure compensation in either mode, just like manual. I think you will find just about any photographer uses the camera as I indicated.
I am not saying never use manual, but when you've suddenly spotted a Swan flying around and you need to take the shot, you're far quicker sticking it on shuter priority and setting only the speed, and away you go. Same with AP - set the camera on tripod, set the aperture you need, job done.
Saves messing with manual, and saves losing the shot. It's why they both exist !

Do whatever makes you happy. Far be it from to tell you how to use your camera.
TeresaH 16 1.1k United Kingdom
2 Sep 2006 8:12PM
I used to use AP or SP until I went out on a meet with Jeanie who always uses manual. Then I decided to have a tinker with manual and now use it all the time. I like the way it makes you think more about what situation you are after.

Jay44 15 1.4k Wales
2 Sep 2006 8:19PM

Quote:agree with jay 44
manual is king !{/quote]

Mark you are my new best friend! Smile

Jay44 15 1.4k Wales
2 Sep 2006 8:20PM
SimPick, you are perfectly correct! There are some instantaneous moments when these auto settings would be preferable.
keithh 17 25.8k 33 Wallis And Futuna
2 Sep 2006 8:22PM
Is Manual the M on my camera?

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