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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 1:03 pm 
I couldn't think of the best place to put my question but as it's probably mostly related to this forum, here it is.

I've been consistently been using manual mode for the last month or so. I've not really touched aperture or shutter priority. Now while I understand their use, what kind of occasions do you guys use them over manual?

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2007 12:20 am 
With my hobby of photographing moving trains going at 100mph+ you definately have to use shutter priority.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2007 8:52 pm 
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Hi Welly, the thing to do is think of aperture and shutter priority as fully automatic, but with the ability for you to choose the shutter or aperture yourself, leaving the camera to work out the rest.

So if I want to control the depth of field, say for a blurred background, I switch to aperture priority mode and seelct the required f-number.

Or as Roy says, if you need to blur or freeze the action, switch to shutter priority and choose the appropriate shutter speed.

The beauty of both modes is the camera works out the rest and you can still easily apply exposure compensation if you want the picture a bit brighter or darker.

I'd only use manual myself for specialist work like astrophotography. It's too slow otherwise.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2007 9:44 pm 
Ok excellent, I'll have to give that a go tomorrow then. I assumed people didn't continuously use manual as I've been doing but I wasn't quite sure.


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