The Right SettingPosted: October 23, 2007
I used to wonder about what setting should I use for my photography, Aperture priority (A), Shutter Priority (S), Manual (M) or even full Auto, in my first stages when I used to have my Sony R1 camera, I always used A, because it had live view and I could actually see the picture and the effect of changing the A setting on it before I take it, and it helped me a lot, did not use S because I never needed it or never new what to use it for, during that time I used to hear a lot of crap about a real photographer should always use manual, I did not bather argue with them because there standard answer to me would be “you don’t even have an SLR” and they’d think they are the smart ones and I hate to argue with idiots, after I bought my D80, I lost the live view, in-fact, I was shocked that the screen did not work, I had to look throw the view finder! I never did that with my sony, and i was thinking “come on, me look from that little hole” well, that little whole became my life after some time, any how, going back to my D80, the second day I bought it, I took for a ride in NYC, and I continued to use A, I had difficulties at first, but after 2 days I gained control of it. I wanted to learn more about photographer, and to understand how this “A” thing work, I had to turn the nob to Manual oOoOoOoO! so I did, but before that I started reading about the relationship between Aperture and the Shutter speed, it turns out it is exactly like Men and Women! the more you open the aperture the less speed you want and vice versa, and I started working from there, on trail and error basis, from then till now I took a big leap in learning and there are still plenty to learn, but I had difficulty with manual, not technical wise but time wise, some times you need to shot some thing or an emotion right now, but by the time you figure out the setting you need, boom!, its gone, after missing a lot of good photos, I realized that manual does not always work, some times I have to use A and S and even full Auto, so at the end it all goes down to how fast you want to take that photo, and here is my latest conclusion (nothing genius, but hey, don’t push it) :
- Full Manuel, when you have all the time in the world.
- Aperture priority, when you want a certain “depth of field” and you have a limited time (or don’t want to think)
- Shutter speed priority, when you want a certain “motion” and you have a limited time (or don’t want to think)
- Full Auto, when you feel like”I don’t give a s*%t about the setting, I just don’t want to miss this shot”
Thank you for reading.