Auto or Manual?

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  1. RottenFlower

    RottenFlower rotties are my kryptonite

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    I'm not a photographer by any stretch of the imagination, but I do love capturing a visually appealing image!

    I'd say about 95% of the time, I'm in full manual mode. Probably the only time I shoot anything else is for photo challenges and the like.

    What about you?
     
  2. Toller_08

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    Most of the time I shoot manual (like 95% of the time). Sometimes aperture or shutter priority, too. But sometimes I have to use an auto setting (sports) just because my camera does not focus properly using manual settings, no matter how I tweak things. It really bugs me. I always feel like I'm a terrible cheater if I use auto settings, even though I am not the only one.
     
  3. nikkiluvsu15

    nikkiluvsu15 Wild At Heart

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    I'd say I use manual 99% of the time, seriously. I hardly ever take it off of it.
     
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    stardogs Behavior Nerd

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    Probably 60% manual/40% auto - but I also just started playing with my manual settings a month or so ago. LOL
     
  5. Linds

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    I typically leave it on Auto Focus because when my auto focus died on my kit lens I learned how HARD it is to get dog action shots on Manual.

    But for setting wise I leave it on Manual. Last year in July I made myself a promise that I would use only manual and no preset settings for a year to learn my camera. And I've almost fulfilled that.
     
  6. CharlieDog

    CharlieDog Rude and Not Ginger

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    I thought you were talking about cars. :p I was going to say manual all the way, but, well, that still holds true. :p
     
  7. AdrianneIsabel

    AdrianneIsabel Glutton for Crazy

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    I leave on autofocus usually but shoot in full manual always.
     
  8. Fran101

    Fran101 Resident fainting goat

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    ... oh there is a manual mode?
    is that what that button is for?

    lol I love my camera, don't get me wrong but manual mode confuses me. I just like to click and have the camera take a nice picture haha
     
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    houlahoops New Member

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    I used to shoot full auto when I had an Olympus because I swear that old thing could read my mind.

    Now that I have a Canon (yay!) I shoot exclusively manual or it will over expose EVERYTHING.
     
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    MandyPug Sport Model Pug

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    Manual with auto focus and auto ISO. In forcing myself to play with it and learn.
     
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    Keechak Aussie Obssessed

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    I do Manual 95% of the time unless I'm shooting something that I don't really care about like taking pictures of something to be put up on craigslist for sale I'll shoot it auto to save time since i don't entirely care what the finished photo looks like in that case.
     
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    I too thought this was going to be about cars, lol. Anyway, I use either shutter priority or aperture priority mode 90% of the time. If I'm shooting something that's moving, the camera can adjust exposure much faster than I can. I really don't ever use full manual mode unless I'm doing macro work off a tripod. The priority modes allow you to compensate exposure up and down in 1/3 stop increments anyway, so you can still set the exposure you want, but have the camera adjust quickly to changing light.
     
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    Um.. Autofocus, manual shooting or aperture priority for a quick shot.
     
  14. Fran101

    Fran101 Resident fainting goat

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    Auto.

    I traded in my nikon d40 in the name of "This camera is too **** complicated" and got a more simple sony DSLR which I am in love with. All the pretty of my D40 without all the complicated machinery and buttons and everything making me feel like I am such a poser for having the darn thing lol
     
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    Manual 90% of the time...with autofocus.
     
  16. Bubba Love

    Bubba Love Wubba Wuv!

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    manual on the dial, and manual focus... i think it takes away from the art of taking pictures of you use auto, and barring having an artificial intelligence run your camera settings... pictures taken in auto will never be the best they could be
     
  17. Bubba Love

    Bubba Love Wubba Wuv!

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    and most of the lenses i use on my Nikon D7000 are from the 60's-70's, so i am forced in to manual anyway
     
  18. AmandaNola

    AmandaNola Wanna Pet My Wiener?

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    Before my Nikon decided it only wanted to work in auto/no flash mode, I shot full manual about 70% of the time, priority 20% and auto 10%.
     

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