[OM-D] Which mode do you shoot in?

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by majordude, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. majordude

    majordude Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 28, 2012
    Which mode do you usually shoot in? Aperture priority like the old OMs or something else?
  2. nagual

    nagual Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 25, 2012
    Good question ... i want to share my short experience with OMD. I used to shoot in aperture and sometimes in shutter priority. while my results with adjusting EV compensation are acceptable, honestly quite far from the results I am getting right now using Scene mode. Using 12-50mm kit only.
  3. mister_roboto

    mister_roboto Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 14, 2011
    Seattle, WA, USA
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    Almost always aperture. Occasionally shutter, if I'm in unfavorable conditions (weather + low light etc).
  4. Zariell

    Zariell Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 28, 2012
    Bountiful, UT
    Since October I'm only using manual both settings and focus, it's a personal challenge to make my tuckus slow down and think far more :)
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  5. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin .

    Oct 9, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
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    For street photography, always S (quite appropriate, I think). I'd also use this when playing around with the IBIS and longer shutter speeds. For everything else I would use A, except when using a flash when I would consider using M.
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  6. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
    New Mexico
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    Manual, like the oldest and best of the OM's, the OM-1. Occasionally A priority, but not often. Shutter priority even less. I'm usually shooting stationary things, so manual works. The other modes have their uses, but I only use them when I need them.
  7. brettmaxwell

    brettmaxwell Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 8, 2012
    for my professional work with Nikons I'm in Manual 99.9% of the time, even in changing lighting conditions. but with my OM-D as my personal camera I'm in Aperture priority about 95% of the time because I'm usually not in that same focused mentality, and I'm shooting far less frames, so consistency for sake of workflow isn't as important.
  8. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Manual most of the time and if not in 'M' then 'A'.

  9. PeterB666

    PeterB666 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 14, 2010
    Tura Beach, Australia
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    Aperture priority mainly but Manual in really low light and Program mode when street shooting or similar, i.e. where things are going on and I don't want to think too much.
  10. napilopez

    napilopez Contributing Editor

    Feb 21, 2012
    NYC Area
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    Napier Lopez
    Aperture priority 95% of the time. Otherwise, manual. Shutter priority only on rare occasions for things like like trails and blurry movement. For most action shoots I just use manual. The OM-D has been making me use manual more and more often though, thanks to the dual control wheels though!

    This inspires me to make a thread about what focus mode people use!
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  11. slothead

    slothead Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 14, 2012
    Frederick, MD
    Unless I am making a multi-shot pano (for which I use Manual), I am always in Aperture Priority.
  12. PatrickVA

    PatrickVA Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 31, 2012
    Central Virginia
    M usually. I shot mostly shutter priority this past holiday week with family, matching speed to activity. From 1/30 for posed shots to 1/80 or more for the kids playing seemed to do the trick.
  13. mrjr

    mrjr Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 25, 2012
    "A", usually, with some "S" and "M" thrown in. I find that unless I keep a close eye on my aperture, I get too much stuff out of focus (shooting my primes) since in "P" the camera tends to choose the largest aperture indoors.
  14. majordude

    majordude Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 28, 2012
    Thanks for the feedback. I'm glad I didn't see any AUTOs!
  15. Dalton

    Dalton Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 24, 2010
    Portland, Oregon USA
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    Dan Ferrall

    Panasonic G5 mode...:rofl:

    And sometimes...

    Panasonic GX1 mode...:dance3:

    OK...I will sit back down and be quiet.

    Happy New Year to the OMD users of the forum!

  16. titanaircraft

    titanaircraft New to Mu-43

    Nov 7, 2012
    Northeast Ohio
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    M for indoors/flash usage and A for outdoors.
  17. littleMT

    littleMT Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 8, 2012
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    Lucille Sanchez
    pure manual mode...
  18. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
    New Mexico
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    I really think that to buy an E-M5 and use it in "auto" would be a waste. So I'm glad to see no "auto" either.
  19. napilopez

    napilopez Contributing Editor

    Feb 21, 2012
    NYC Area
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    Napier Lopez
    Actually, I was just about to post that the auto function is quite frankly, super useful. I use it whenever I'm out with friends and hand the camera over to them. Yes, I use the E-M5 for self portraits or group portraits with friends. I have my camera with me everywhere I go, and for social outings I can't always take photos myself so the iAuto mode(or at least P mode), is very useful when handing the camera to someone else.
  20. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    A - for portraiture
    S - for street
    M - for strobes