A decent article about how you get better pictures if you turn your camera off auto
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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!