Based upon advice given on these boards, I have been experimenting with the different modes of shooting with my D7000. I'm finding that I get many more of what would be keepers when shooting in Manual mode (I set ISO, Aperture and shutter speed). I had never shot in manual before. Its actually almost as easy as program mode once you've done it a few times.
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#1. "RE: Manual vs Program Mode" | In response to Reply # 0jmiguez Nikonian since 17th Oct 2010Mon 07-Feb-11 04:32 PM
I am just the opposite. I shoot 80-90% in program mode, only using aperture and speed when I need the additional control. I figure the camera is generally smarter than I am.
Since I shoot in RAW, I can adjust any but the most grievous of mistakes...like...misfocus.
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#2. "RE: Manual vs Program Mode" | In response to Reply # 0captainkev Registered since 24th Jan 2011Mon 07-Feb-11 09:48 PM
I have just finished reading the 3rd of Scott Kelbys books and his recurring view on this is shoot Manual if you are in a studio with strobes and light meters. Shoot Program if you may have a quick shot come up and dont want flash to pop, shoot App or Shutter for the rest...........has worked for me so far......JMHO
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#3. "RE: Manual vs Program Mode" | In response to Reply # 0chris_platt Nikonian since 03rd Apr 2009Mon 07-Feb-11 11:40 PM
It all depends.... I shoot manual if I'm taking a series for a pano. I shoot aperture priority most of the time - because I want to control DOF. I shoot shutter priority if I am walking around in the woods with a 50-500 OS - I keep the shutter speed at 400, leave OS on, and set auto ISO - it lets OS work wonders for me while hand-holding at 500mm. It all depends, but these cameras are darn smart and the D7000 is the smartest ever. The matrix metering works wonders, so do the scene modes - shoot aperture or shutter priority and add +EV for snow and beaches or shoot scene mode for snow and beaches and watch the miracle. There is no one right answer other than knowing the capabilities of the camera and taking charge when you know the camera may get confused or you know what the programmed answer is and you don't want that answer - that happens less and less as these cameras get smarter and smarter. IMO.
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#4. "RE: Manual vs Program Mode" | In response to Reply # 3jadiniz Registered since 25th Dec 2010Tue 08-Feb-11 11:54 AM
My standard mode is P with easy-ISO. This way, my rear dial controls aperture-speed balance (jogs between depth of field control and shutter speed selection as required, one way or the other) and the front dial selects ISO. I find this incredibly easy and fast.
However, when working with speedlights, I usually go Manual, to allow the fine balancing between foreground (flash-lit) and background (available light). I wish we had a third dial, to always have on hand the full exposure triangle...
The reason many will experience a greater ratio of keepers when working Mnual mode may have to do with these pictures being more carefully thought out and executed, not with any hidden virtue of the mode itself. Shutter speed and aperture will always be shutter speed and aperture, regardless of the selection method chosen. A good exposure, adequate to the subject, can be achieved in many ways, but the values will always be the same. Fast shutter for freezing, slow shutter for bluring, large aperture for bokeh, small aperture for big DOF, low ISO for low noise, high ISO for sensitivity. Choose the best combination of the three, and adjust overall exposure for the lighting available and measuring method used.
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#5. "RE: Manual vs Program Mode" | In response to Reply # 0
You can take your use of manual settings one step further by using Auto ISO. The camera does an excellent job of getting a good exposure by varying the ISO. And you still have the ability to use exposure compensation if the situation warrants. In this case, it is the ISO which is modified. The real benefit of this is that the camera always uses the minimum ISO to get a good exposure.
The advantage of Camera Manual is that you choose the f stop and aperture that you want and is appropriate for the situation. If you choose Aperture Priority, you may get an undesirable shutter speed. The reverse is true in Shutter Priority. In Program, the camera is choosing settings that may be perfect or totally inappropriate.
I do alot of sports and wildlife shooting. Being able to control both A and S gives me the desired end result. Other folks have different needs, but having control of the exposure is desirable from my point of view.
#6. "RE: Manual vs Program Mode" | In response to Reply # 0
>Based upon advice given on these boards, I have been
>experimenting with the different modes of shooting with my
>D7000. I'm finding that I get many more of what would be
>keepers when shooting in Manual mode (I set ISO, Aperture and
Manual mode based on what metering? How are your manual settings differing from what the camera is suggesting?