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Why To Turn Off Auto

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A decent article about how you get better pictures if you turn your camera off auto
10 years ago, March 25th 2009 No: 1 Msg: #66920  
Check this out for a decent set of reason to turn your camera off Auto: Don't Shoot In Auto Reply to this

10 years ago, March 26th 2009 No: 2 Msg: #67148  
Totally agree. I generally use AV or A-DEP, swapping to TV or Manual as necessary. I find that, for my type of subject, the Aperture Priority option gives me the greatest artistic freedom. Reply to this

10 years ago, March 26th 2009 No: 3 Msg: #67166  
Just to translate for any Non-Canon camera users, John's saying he uses Aperture Priority most of the time (which is what I too do) and sometimes switches to either manual or Shutter Speed Priority if the application so calls for it. I would say that if you have to use a full auto program because you don't feel comfortable, your best of using Program mode (that's Nikon speak, not sure of the Canon equivalent) which selects the aperture and shutter speed but lets you do everything else (flash, etc.) manually.
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10 years ago, March 26th 2009 No: 4 Msg: #67194  

10 years ago, March 27th 2009 No: 5 Msg: #67236  
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Good article - this and RTFM (read the #$%!m(MISSING)anual) are two golden rules every photographer (or anyone using a DSLR) should follow.

Don't shoot in Auto; shutter speed and Aperture

I personally tend to shoot in Aperture priority mode (and select ISO) - that means shutter speed is auto; after using my camera for a while I have a good gut knowledge of how long the shutter speed will be for given conditions; shooting wildlife - zoom, low aperture, higher ISO - fast shots - landscapes - tripod, very low ISO, high aperture - and the shutter speed will be a lot slower (tripod to remove handshake).

But - I do use Auto on small point and shoots when grabbing photos of friends and events - I want the camera to be the least of my concerns here. Reply to this

10 years ago, March 27th 2009 No: 6 Msg: #67319  
And more... White Balance

I agree with everything you stated above Ali. I will say that I stick to the f/8 rules for most of my photography and don't go much lower than that unless I'm in super low light conditions. Of course, I've come to rely n my Auto ISO setting on my D700 because ISO 3200 is still incredibly useful. For stuff I'm going to publish I will set it at 400 or below. Reply to this

10 years ago, March 29th 2009 No: 7 Msg: #67441  
3 posts merged into this topic from: Why Turn Auto Off Part II Reply to this

10 years ago, March 31st 2009 No: 8 Msg: #67766  

10 years ago, April 1st 2009 No: 9 Msg: #67895  
If i dont have the time to do all the right things i preset lots of brackets and then just madly shhot - it gets me by Reply to this

10 years ago, April 1st 2009 No: 10 Msg: #67896  
Lou,

That's one of the great things about digital. I have many pro-wedding photographers. They often shoot 2000 to 5000 images a wedding. If you get 5% of them right you have 100-250 good photos. Not bad! Reply to this

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