If you are a photographer you have probably heard numerous times to not shoot in the automatic mode. In this week's post I am going to disagree with the die hard photographers that think you should never shoot in the automatic mode and for those that say you are not a real photographer if you do. To all those people I have to say, I disagree.
Shooting in the automatic mode is not a bad thing if you think about it. How many times have you seen a really cool photo of something or someone and thought that person must really be a great photographer and know how to really use their camera? Then you find out all they did is turn on the camera and just took the shot. My guess is the person shot in automatic mode because they did not know any better. They probably didn't know how to use all the fancy buttons or maybe didn't even notice they had other options. They just simply took the shot and it came out great. All they really wanted was a nice, clear and shape image without any hassle.
I think shooting is the automatic mode is a great thing. When I shoot in automatic mode I want to keep the process simple and quick. For most photographers, they are not trying to sell an image. They just want their cool image and don't want it to come out discolored, fuzzy or under or over exposed. By shooting in the automatic mode and using auto focus they can achieve that goal fairly easily.
So, is the automatic mode good for every shot? The answer to that question is absolutely, "no". The automatic mode is best of situations where the light is good, the subject is not moving too much and you don't need to worry about your ISO, aperture settings and your shutter speeds. But, for normal shots like those in natural light, the automatic mode works great.
As a photographer I have no problem shooting in the automatic mode if it works for me. I find I get some of my best shots if the situation and conditions are right. Shooting in the automatic mode makes some of my photo shoots much quicker. I know that most of my real creativeness will be used in post editing with Lightroom and Photoshop. What I want from my initial RAW in camera image is a nice sharp, clear and composed image. If my image is all jacked up because I used the incorrect settings I just wasted my time.
Roger's Tip: Don't get hung up thinking you have to use all the modes of you camera. Take your time and experiment with the settings of your camera. If you take a lot of photos under different conditions you will need to learn to use most of your settings. Study your camera's manual and take a look at some YouTube videos about your camera settings. Don't be afraid to use other modes. You can always delete a bad image and try it again. If shooting in the automatic mode will do the job, don't let anyone tell you that you are not a real photographer. Just show them your best images and don't forget to proudly tell them you got your great shot shooting in auto.
Until next time.