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Manual or Auto Shooting

New article posted: Manual or Auto Shooting
Posted: 12/23/2012, 10:16:16 AM
I usually shoot in AV or TV priority. I do minimal post, but I do a lot of editorial stuff, so extensive post is not allowed.
Cameras, lenses, phone, eyes, feet and a car.
Posted: 12/23/2012, 10:34:03 AM
I work a lot with aperture priority, but sometimes I use a full manual mode. I think it depends on the situation and the subject. I love the aperture priority because it gets you the full control on the depth of field.
I always shoot in RAW, then post-process the photos either in Aperture or in Photoshop, to adjust the temperature value and improve the contrasts and colours, and save them as TIF. When the work is done, I spit the Jpeg out for the upload.
All the post-processing programs can do the basic things, even the freeware ones, so it doesn't have to be an expensive program if you can't afford it. But I think post-processing is important.
Let's see what other users have to say about this subject.
Best regards
Canon 5D MkII Canon lenses
Posted: 12/23/2012, 10:39:14 AM
Only use manual, I can achieve everything the auto settings do and after years of shooting I can pretty much nail the settings from just viewing the scene. Camera's don't have "stock" mode so auto could lead to correct exposure but way too much noise is say its bumped up the ISO to 1600. Being in full control is the only way for me. As for post processing it depends on the shot and desired results, there is no given rule to this. There are a few very BIG things I have worked out for myself recently that I think has improved my stuff but that's going in my book :)

180mm macro, Canon L 28-300, Canon L 24-70, 50mm prime f/1.4, 2 x Can...
Posted: 12/23/2012, 12:24:20 PM
You should have mentioned your equipment...would have been easier to tell you then. I'd assume you're using a starter level DSLR or good point and shoot. I see you're just getting a portfolio up. :)
Auto mode is good when you're doing nature photography, assuming you're not very, very fast with settings. For example when photographing birds in bright sunlight, auto is just great. After you understand the relation between aperture and shutter speed and ISO very well and by instincts, you should shift to Aperture priority mode. For night time photos, you'd go for manual controls for better flexibility. I rarely use shutter priority, because you have to change the speed every time the lighting changes. Nightmare when you're chasing birds in bushes.

But when not sure, stick to auto. I have seen auto fail in a scenery with bad lighting (evening landscapes). The camera might just lower your aperture for a good shutter speed and that is not good at all. So use manual when you have all the time to take test shots. And Brett down there is absolutely right. NEVER keep the ISO to auto. Keep it at 100 when daylight or maybe 200. 1600 would spoil images if you're not using a DSLR.

I usually do post processing. I wrote a huge blog post (detailed one, look under my profile). The post processing procedure gave me me an AR of >30% with a point and shoot that always takes the wrong pictures. And I'm very new to stock photos itself.
55-250mm standard lenses. Dual tube macro flash and external speedlit...
Posted: 12/23/2012, 13:02:48 PM
In my photography beggining a two years ago, I always used Aperture Priority. Now I always use full manual control because after some time I have managed to understand how camera works. Now when I understand corelation between aperture, iso and shutterspeed, manual mode is all I need. Always shooting in RAW, and post process in Lightroom and Photoshop.
SIGMA 10-20 EX DG f4-5.6, PENTAX SMC M 28mm f2.8, PENTAX SMC M 50mm f...
Posted: 12/24/2012, 02:24:07 AM
I usually shoot Aperture Priority and RAW. I don't want the camera moving the ISO to a point where noise is introduced. Maybe on higher end camera this doesn't matter as much but I use mid range micro fourth thirds camera.
lens. Alien bees studio lights....
Posted: 12/24/2012, 06:20:20 AM
I shoot always in RAW and most of the time in Aperture Priority.
D; Olympus E-510 ...
Posted: 12/24/2012, 13:40:13 PM
I mainly use aperture priority, but manual is useful in the studio (always with flash) or when outdoor conditions remain constant like on a sunny day. I never use the full auto, but certainly use auto iso from time to time. There is zero reason to avoid letting the camera do some of the work from a quality standpoint, as long as you understand how the modes work (aperture and shutter priority, or full M with auto ISO).

If people are talking about the iAuto or the green modes, etc. I agree that it is not good for stock, often going to higher iso when unecessary. Even 'P' isn't the greatest as you aren't choosing aperture or shutter, even. Pentax has a cool 'MTF' priority that chooses the best aperture for sharpness on the lens.
ZD 50mm Macro f/2...
Posted: 12/24/2012, 16:37:02 PM
I am switching off camera with the “Auto” option (+RAW) to catch the unique moment if it comes suddenly. In other situations there is time to choose the proper mode. Good luck!
Posted: 12/25/2012, 00:38:34 AM
For me (1)Insect macro - Manual Mode, RAW and manual focus (2)Events - Shutter Priority, Jpeg Fine and autofocus (3)Walkabout with still photos - Aperture Priority and Auto/manual overrite focus. For events, i dont have a fast lens so i take not missing a moment and no motion blurring as priority, forcing the aperture to be selected as the biggest so the next auto in-camera adjustments will be ISO. Once ISO is hit to my selected maximum threshold, i will rely on post processing to remove the noise and adjust the exposure. No time to fiddle much during events on settings.
Entry level digital SLR cameras and lenses.
Posted: 12/25/2012, 05:40:40 AM
It always depends on the situation for me. As I shoot around 90% editorial teere are times when you dont have time to fiddle with the camera and use M or AP. Howevere when ethere is time, of course, M or AP is probably the best way to do it as you also learn from them.
Posted: 12/25/2012, 08:56:02 AM
For me it´s always RAW and postprocessing. Camera (Nikon) usually on P and bracketing, always adjusting aperture or shutter manually. Occasionly manual (with camera on tripod) and always manual on ISO.
U-presettings on some Nikons are extremely useful also.
Very frustrating to forget high ISO after "off microstock" shootings though...
Nikon system. D750 and D7100 are the latest cameras.
Posted: 01/11/2013, 02:49:08 AM