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Aperture priority mode?

olivierrychner

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olivierrychner Gold Member  Awarded for his long standing high level of commitment to the Nikonians community and demonstrated excellence in the art and science of photography. Nikonian since 03rd Jan 2005
Tue 13-Mar-12 07:48 AM

Hi!

I am mostly a landscape/architectural hobby photographer. And that, to me, means A mode to control DoF. Actually, even when shooting my 6-year-old twins, I tend to favour A, just to blur the background and make them "pop". And I did set the second dial to change exposure, which means I can fairly quickly adapt to light conditions.

I turn to S when shooting anything "animated", whether it's birds in flight or airplanes. And sometimes running water as well.

Finally, I reserve the last two modes to special situations: M is usually for dark hours and/or long exposures, especially with ND filters mounted. And P is for casual indoor flash photography, when the camera goes from hand to hand...

I have never bothered to measure the breakdown into these different categories, but I'd say it's about 85 to 90% A for me! And that goes back to the F100 I got a bit over 10 years ago, then D70, D200, D300 and D700 (and I still own the latter two), and even on my compact cameras, a Cpx 5400, a P50 and now a Panasonic LX3: the control of the aperture will not as easily result in nice bokeh given the small surface of the sensor and the high pixel count, but at least I can prevent the camera from stopping down to f/8, and thus limit diffraction, which is something I have really seen happening with the LX3!

Come to think of it, when I was shooting an Olympus OM-1, I tended to use it a bit like in A mode: I set the aperture first and then adapted the shutterspeed! And it's the same now when I dust my Nikkormat. And I like the FA because it had A mode...

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