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is manual mode photographic snobbery?

Discussion in 'Talking Pictures' started by pete1w, Apr 13, 2014.

  1. Sejanus.Aelianus

    Sejanus.Aelianus In the Stop Bath

    I hearby award you the Aelianus Boaster of the Week Trophy. It's in the post.

  2. paul james

    paul james Well-Known Member

    I accept with no qualms !!
  3. PhotoEcosse

    PhotoEcosse Well-Known Member

    ...means something different on an internet chat-room like this.

  4. Sejanus.Aelianus

    Sejanus.Aelianus In the Stop Bath


  5. mikeh201355

    mikeh201355 Well-Known Member

    It's different styles of learning and different ways of using the same knowledge.
    For example, if you know the aperture you need you set aperture in Av or in manual. The next step is where the difference comes.
    Somone schooled in the way you mention thinks 'I know the average exposure should be 1/250 but I want to stop those highlights blowing so actually I will set 1/500'.
    Someone who uses Av says 'I know how my meter works and I know that I need to compensate by underexposing by 1 stop'. Both of them end up in exactly the same place by applying the same knowledge in a different way.

    Once you know you want f5.6 for the DOF, does it matter whether you 'know' it is 1/500 or know it is +1 compensation?
  6. Roger Hicks

    Roger Hicks Well-Known Member

    Not really, but I generally find it easier to reset "real" controls than to fiddle about with exposure compensation dials.

    All that you say is true, and it doesn't matter whether you use shutter priority or aperture priority to learn. All I'm saying is that if you take control of one variable and watch the other, you'll learn more, faster, than if you rely on full-auto or (worst of all) "specialist" modes.




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