Do most people end up shooting in manual?

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  1. Remi M.

    Remi M. TPF Noob!

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    Or am I one of the crazy few?

    When I got my Digital SLR I started shooting in "P". But over time once I learned a bit I started using Shutter priority and Aparture priority. For the last few months it seems like my camera is stuck on "M". I actualy find it less cumbersome than changing exposure compensation in "A". Leaves me with consistent shots for anything panoramic. It makes me pay atention to overexposure/underexposure. HDR bracketing is just a few spins of the click wheel and shutter.
    I still use "A" for anything quick but I think manual is the way to go.

    Than again all my cars have always been 5 speeds so maybe it's just me. :)
     
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    no, i'm pretty sure just about anyone whos serious about this craft will shoot manual
     
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    I shoot in manual or Av...95% of the time.
     
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    I shoot almost 90% manual now. It took me a while to grow comfortable with judging the information the meter is giving me in comparison to the surrounding light and subject, but I found that now my exposures are much much closer to my original intent in comparison to when I shot with Av primarily. So nope, not the ony one.
     
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    I always shoot Aperture Priority. Depth of field is very important to me. I shoot manual only when I am using the strobes.
     
  6. astrostu

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    I usually go automatic because my subject is usually just a quick shot at a birthday party, a tree outside, or something like that. But, whenever I actually am trying to produce something for more than just a webalbum, I generally go manual.
     
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    I mostly shoot stationary objects, so I shoot in M 99% of the time. It also makes AF a little useless too. I also prefer a stick-shift.
     
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    I sometimes shoot manual with my DSLR. Mostly I shoot aperature-priority and do exposure compensation if I want more control.

    For my older film cameras I shoot all manual though. Mostly because there aren't any other options
     
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    Most of my work is in b&w. I use a hand-held light meter. That pretty much dictates manual mode. In fact, all but one of my cameras [a newly-purchased digital] must be operated in manual mode.
     
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    i really hope you mean automatic with the powershot.automatic with your slr... *shakes head*
     
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    I shot in (aperture priority) AV most of the time TV a little bit, changing to manual when the conditions aren't right for either.
     
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    Depends on the camera, my 35mm slr’s all have some form of program mode, with the DSLR about 70% aperture-priority and 30% full auto, film is about the opposite. And the old stuff is all manual is just guess at the exposure
     

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