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Aperture Priority= Noobs?

 
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Apr 30, 2009 19:59 |  #1

This has been really annoying to me. When ever I'm looking at someone's flickr and find that 100% of theie shots were shot in Aperture Priority mode, it just upsets me that someone would drop $$$ for a camera they have no idea how to use it. To me that means, you have no idea how to use a camera, instead you would just simply point and shoot, which is why there are P&S cameras out there. STOP USING APERTURE PRIORITY! SHOOT MANUAL!!!!


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Apr 30, 2009 20:01 |  #2

According to many books Ive read, a great photographer knows when to shoot in Manual and when to shoot in priority. And I think for beginners it is best to shoot in prioroty until you learn more what you are doing and move on. You cant expect to jump into a DSLR and just know what to do with it


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Apr 30, 2009 20:01 |  #3

What?

I do tend to use M mode most of the time, but Av can be useful in some situations. Sometimes light levels shot to shot really are changing constantly and Av is very useful for that.

Otherwise, why do you care what mode people use? Look at the shots. If they are great and taken in green box mode, what business is it of yours? The OP's post reads like "I've learned the first 10% of photography so I'm going to look down my nose at the lesser people still working at 9%".


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Apr 30, 2009 20:02 |  #4

I know this is generally a very kind forum, but *headslap*.


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Apr 30, 2009 20:04 |  #5

the_ghi wrote in post #7834925 (external link)
This has been really annoying to me. When ever I'm looking at someone's flickr and find that 100% of theie shots were shot in Aperture Priority mode, it just upsets me that someone would drop $$$ for a camera they have no idea how to use it. To me that means, you have no idea how to use a camera, instead you would just simply point and shoot, which is why there are P&S cameras out there. STOP USING APERTURE PRIORITY! SHOOT MANUAL!!!!

Um, can we flame a guy that made a thread specifically intended to flame others?

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OK then. You're an idiot.


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Apr 30, 2009 20:05 |  #6

And what does this have to do with EOS camera bodies?


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Apr 30, 2009 20:06 as a reply to  @ Bendel's post |  #7

I can understand going off about P mode or Greenbox, but Av?


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Apr 30, 2009 20:06 |  #8

I can guarantee you don't know 50% of the functionality of your computer ... why don't you just stop using one and go back to cups with a string attached between them.


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Apr 30, 2009 20:07 |  #9

leroy_sunset wrote in post #7834951 (external link)
Um, can we flame a guy that made a thread specifically intended to flame others?

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OK then. You're an idiot.

No, go ahead and flame on. He totally asked for it.

Maybe OP doesn't realize that for a lot of conditions Av mode will typically be accurate within +/- 2/3 stop exposure.

Sure, you can meter a scene up front and shoot it in M mode. But if a photog is willing to adjust the exposure +/- 2/3 stop in PP then Av is often good enough. It isn't like a 2/3 stop push or pull is gonna make or break a lot of shots.


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Apr 30, 2009 20:07 |  #10

I know how to use my camera perfectly but shoot AV most of the time, are your shots better than mine?


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Apr 30, 2009 20:08 |  #11

Lighten up big guy,
I've been shooting for 40 years, My first camera with AV was a XE-7 Minolta.
Automatic modes work very well, if you learn to use your camera.
I bet you shoot "Only raw" too.


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Apr 30, 2009 20:09 |  #12

mrso wrote in post #7834968 (external link)
I can guarantee you don't know 50% of the functionality of your computer ... why don't you just stop using one and go back to cups with a string attached between them.

This went right over my head!! lol


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Apr 30, 2009 20:09 |  #13

People can shoot however the hell they like, why should they care what you think?


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Apr 30, 2009 20:09 |  #14

Outdoor candids at a game? Aperture Priority. Indoors at a prom? Manual. I choose the right tool for the job.

Spot metering outdoors with my AF point on the face of a black player with a white uniform will nearly always pan out better for the shot in Av mode. The white may be blown out in direct sunlight, but I can see the player.

Shooting only Manual mode strips you of tools in your toolbox. Use the tools you need when YOU need them, not when others think you should need them.


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Apr 30, 2009 20:10 |  #15

That's funny, I keep coming across many posts, articles, books, etc. indicating more than a few professional wildlife as well as nature/landscape photographers use AV. I guess maybe they should just give it up and take up knitting:rolleyes:


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