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View Poll Results: where does your mode dial sit most of the time
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Program (P) 3512.59%
Sensitivity (Sv) 10.36%
Time/Shutter (Tv) 51.80%
Aperture (Av) 14050.36%
Time & Aperture (TAv) 4014.39%
Manual (M) 5519.78%
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06-07-2013, 08:39 PM   #1
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what is your most used exposure mode?

A recent comment in another thread really got me thinking... what is your most used mode lately on your DSLR(s). There seems to be a a soft consensus that the full manual shooter is a dying breed, and that the priority mode shooter is the most common. I really don't care how someone else uses their camera, as long as they enjoy their gear and their images that's all that matters at the end of the day. But i thought it would be interesting to put this poll together to see how everyone shoots.

If you want to, add on why you choose that mode as well. And this is your most used mode.

I myself am a manual shooter. The only things I let the camera decide are focus and white balance. Depending on the situation I'll even manually set white balance. Myself personally, I like being in full control. Even my flash guns are set to full manual (to be honest I have no idea how to use them any other way).


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06-07-2013, 09:24 PM   #2
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Most of the time it's in Aperture Priority Mode with the front scroll wheel set to EV compensation. When it's not in Av mode, it's in Manual mode. However, I generally use the green button in Manual mode set to Tv shift and adjust from there, so really it's still in a modified Av mode when you think about it. I generally shoot people, and I find that I can better focus on composition and capturing an expression if I don't need to fuss with with shutter speed. I still need to be aware of shutter speed, but I don't feel that changing it myself (outside of adjusting EV compensation) makes for better photographs at the end of my day.

When I first got into photography I had it stuck in my head that to be a 'serious photographer' I had to keep it in manual all of the time. And I think when I was just starting out that shooting in this way did in fact make me a better photographer; this is for two reasons: Manual Mode slowed me down and made me think about what I was trying to capture, and because it forced me to understand how aperture, shutter speed, and ISO were all interrelated. Once these concepts became second nature, however, how I chose to control the camera stopped being vitally important. I typically fall back to Av mode now because it allows me to focus my attention on making my photographs appear in print as they do in my head.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Gerbermiester Quote
Most of the time it's in Aperture Priority Mode with the front scroll wheel set to EV compensation.
That's a good idea!
I am 97% in AV and only switch to M when using a tripod.
06-07-2013, 09:49 PM   #4
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I think The K-5/7 is so well layed out, you can use PASM modes seemingly. I prefer M mode with my own "mental priority mode" engaged and TAv when using long lenses. Before I used to use Av but now I got used to the EV and ISO buttons + rear dial so I forget to use the front wheel

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I like to be in full control, too. So I mostly use P mode, which gives me instant access to all the exposure control I need. If I need to tighten up even more I switch to M or TAv.

One of the nice things about the K-5 is how transparent the control structure is in all modes.
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AV mode most of the time, M when using external flash since my flash is a crappy YN460 flash. Honestly I rather get that shot than miss it fiddling with the settings. In the end most people will comment on my pictures and not what settings I used.
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On Pentax cameras I usually just shoot in P mode because of hyper program. Otherwise it's definitely Av for DOF/mtf control.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Wired Quote
I myself am a manual shooter. The only things I let the camera decide are focus and white balance.
It's Av for me, but I prefer shooting manual focus. If a lens is autofocus, I'll use that capability, but I find that I have more fun with manual focus lenses.

For most of my shots, shutter speed is irrelevant as long as it's fast enough to get a clear shot. I might slow it down to smooth out some moving water, or speed it up to freeze a fast-moving subject, but most of the time I let the camera do it's thing. I almost never have to correct it more than a half-stop in post, so I say the camera's doing a pretty good job without me in that department.

I would never let the camera take over my aperture. It's a creative choice that a machine simply cannot comprehend.

I only use M at night. You can throw anything automatic out the window at that point. It just doesn't work, and you have to take over all the controls.

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Usually Av, however, I've started using TAv more often.
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It is TAv here. M second then AV
06-07-2013, 10:27 PM   #11
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Always Av. I like control of aperture for DoF, but I'm fine with the camera taking care of the shutter speed. I sometimes adjust EV a little, but rarely need to. That said, if I had a higher end body with two wheels, I'd consider manual a bit more seriously. But with only one wheel on my K-r, it isn't worth the effort when Av gives me the results I want most of the time first try.
06-07-2013, 10:38 PM   #12
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I used to shoot everything in Av mode when I started, and now I only use it when doing exposure bracketing for landscapes.

For ambient light, handheld shots, I use TAv mostly now, and absolutely love it. It's the mode I always wanted to use on my K-7, but which couldn't really be delivered on until the high ISO performance of the K-5 sensor.

Most of my landscapes are done in either M or Bulb. I also use M for all flash photography, including my handheld macros.

The other modes I never use.
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P. It's easy to get to Av or Tv by turning a wheel when it is rarely needed.
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Av mode most of the time to control dof or keep the lens in its sweet spot.
TAv if I see a need to control shutter speed.
M for astrophotography.
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M and TAv here ever since i had my K30.

Coz it's all the same with auto-ISO enabled; which was my main wish..
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