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  1. Different shooting modes

    Okay...the time has finally come and I am determined to get OFF of the auto mode!!! I have been reading my digital field guide and Bryan Pederson's "understanding exposure" is about to get the dust blown off it as well.

    I know it will be awhile before I get to full manual mode. I am interested in seeing how often you use the different modes availiable...please estimate the percentage you use each one. (and in what conditions you chose that one for if you are feeling long winded)

    Auto:
    Program:
    Aperture Priority:
    Shutter Priority:
    Manual:

    TIA........Kathie
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    Oooh I like this!


    Auto: 0
    Program: 0
    Aperture Priority: 70% general walking around
    Shutter Priority: 20% when things are moving FAST and I want to stop the action
    Manual: 10% backlit situations, when Ian is in front of a window or against the bright sky

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    Well, as a complete novice here... I *try* to get off auto whenever I feel brave (and know I won't die if the photos stink! LOL)...

    Auto: 25 (only Sports mode, tho!)
    Program: 10 (when I'm lazy but don't want the automatic flash going off!)
    Aperture Priority: 25 (when I actually try to take a photo of something not moving! hahaha)
    Shutter Priority: 35 (for all those action shots! LOL)
    Manual: 5 (I bravely try and sometimes actually get it right... and sometimes, not so good!)

    Katrina's answers are MUCH better than mine! She's my hero!
    Debi

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    Quote Originally Posted by beehive50 View Post
    Katrina's answers are MUCH better than mine! She's my hero!


    Now if I could just scrap all those photos like Debi

  5. Auto: .00005%
    Program: Never
    AP: about 20%
    SP: about 15% (now that Jack's in soccer)
    Manual: about 64.99995%

    Cassie



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    Auto: Never, my camera doesn't have auto
    Program: Never
    Aperture Priority: <5% (when I don't feel like changing settings a lot and am in mixed lighting... the D300 handles this much better than the D70s ever did, so I really should utilize this mode more)
    Shutter Priority: Never
    Manual: 95%+

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    Kathie! I am so impressed! I can't wait to see what you come up with when you venture off auto! I'm working on this, too. Since I made the big jumo to PSCS3, getting off auto is next on my list!
    Lynn (also known as Lynnie!)


  8. #8
    Actually, my percentages are very similar to Katrinas.
    Auto-almost never
    P-Very seldom, but like Debbie, if I'm in a hurry and don't want the flash
    AP-about 70 %
    SP-about 25% Turk is very fast!
    M- not enough, I seem to be taking photos of objects more than studio
    stuff with people
    This has been so much fun to learn! Need to work more on portraits and use the tripod.
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    Auto: 10%
    Aperture Priority: 80%
    Shutter Priority: 10%

    BUT - if I'm using my studio lights, I have to use the camera in manual mode and I select both the aperture & shutter speed (with the help of my trusty light meter.)

    I find aperture to be most useful, because I don't often photograph fast-moving objects, and I like to control DOF for portraits & landscapes.

  10. #10
    Mine look almost identical to Katrina's.

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    roughly ...

    Auto: rarely ... pretty much turn to auto when I give my camera to someone to get a photo with me in it ... once again rarely!
    Program: not really
    Aperture Priority: 5%
    Shutter Priority: 90% (I shoot just about everything in this, including action shots)
    Manual: 5%

    I really need to use manual. I'm so slow taking shots in it though. Of course, if I practiced daily I'd get quicker! Maybe that should be my focus in the flickr group!

  12. #12
    Ok so here is my numbers

    Program - never
    aperture priority - 60% - generally in sticky low lighting conditions ( which I seem to always be in)
    shutter priority - 20% - for sports generally or models/kids running etc
    manual - 10% - when using studio lights

    The big thing is to get INTO theses modes and when and where to use them. It starts with the ? what and where am I shooting.

    but that's my thinking and the way I work .

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    Quote Originally Posted by katrinak View Post
    Now if I could just scrap all those photos like Debi
    *mwah*
    Debi

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    What a great survey Kathie! I'm really interested in these responses. As for me:

    Auto:Pretty much never

    Program:40% - I use this for taking quick "down and dirty" photos at school. Preferred to Auto because I can shoot in RAW and have the ability to change other settings from the automatic if I desire. I also don't like letting the camera decide if I want to use flash or not!

    Aperture Priority: 60% - My favorite mode because I like to control my depth of field and it seems that I'm ALWAYS in less than perfect lighting conditions.

    Shutter Priority: Very rare

    Manual: Never...but keep promising myself that I will be experimenting this summer!
    Pattie



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