Does anyone find themselves using the "Program" mode alot or is it just me?

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  1. AbelR74

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    As the title suggests, I get so caught up looking for scenes to shot, that I wind up leaving my camera in the "P" mode for the majority of my shots. I wanted to see if anyone else out there might do the same cause I don't want to feel like the only one who uses Program mode.:oops: My last rolls I shot were all slide film and I wanted to try and get good shots.
     
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    I keep mine in AV mode a lot. The only mode I feel really comfortable in...
     
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    I have to admit I use my 300D in 'program' mode a lot! Though I do make use of apeture and shutter priority modes, as well as manual!

    I generally don't use the full auto mode much though!
     
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    I switch between Av, Tv, Manual, and Program. Depends on what I am shooting and how much time I have to actually play with the camera during shooting. Basically anyting BUT the scene or auto modes. :)
     
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    P is great for snapshots...where DOF and movement are not issues. You still have room to move with +/- exposure adjustment and it can allow you to work fast.

    However, in many cases, the creative control allowed by aperture or shutter priority (depends on what you are after), or full manual, canĀ“t be beaten. Learn how and when to use them.
     
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    I normally shoot in manual mode, using a hand-held meter.

    A couple of weeks ago I became a Dad (!) and at the hospital I was concerned about delays in taking shots and I thought maybe I would do better and with the critical nature of the shots could be more confident using my FE2 on "automatic". Most were with flash using the FE2's OTF TTL. Well, I got most of the shots back, and I really regret making that decision, most were a little off. Not all together terrible, but not as good as they should be. Walls and sheets and blankets conspired to mess up the exposure. Of course, I could have taken the time to figure out compensation, but then that's just guesswork and it would have taken the same time with greater certainty had I used the meter and manual mode. I've also gotten my first roll back on Provia 400 from after we got home, using the meter and manual mode, and the exposure was bang on every time. My lesson for the month...

    Dave
     
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    I very rarely use P mode. I mostly use Av mode when shooting with ambient light. I use manual mode when shooting with studio lights and when shooting with flash, I will usually use manual mode as well.
     
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    never, only manual mode.
     
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    With the little Powershot I feel I used P quite a lot, and on the few occasions I set it for the kids these days, I will set it on P with exposure compensation at -1.3 (I hope this is how you say it?).

    I have learned to use the 350D in fully manual and that is what I do today. I tried AV of late and it only confused me :confused:
     
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    Aperture priority used to be by far my preferred mode. But now I'm using Program mode quite often. The reason? I know it sounds stupid, but I was used to select aperture directly on the lens. Now that I went digital, I can't do that anymore and I have to change aperture through camera. Since I'm still not accustomed to that, program mode has become a handy option for me. I hope to get used to selecting aperture in-camera, though, since that mode works much better for me
     
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    I use P mode all the time, then I adjust the f-stop/shutter speed or bracketing dials as wanted
     
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    I previously used my Minolta Maxxum 600si a ton and just loved the manual mode because it was so easy to adjust the shutter and apeture and the internal viewfinder meter was big, bright and easy to read. I had so much fun with it. When I moved up to my Nikon F100, I was a little daunted as having to get used to the new dials. I hope to get a lot faster at adjusting them in the very near future.
     

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