What mode do you shoot in and why?

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by ashburtononline, Aug 9, 2015.

  1. ashburtononline

    ashburtononline Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 21, 2015
    New Zealand
    I ALWAYS shoot in aperture priority. Why? because I always have done and I like control over the lens as opposed to the camera.
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  2. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    For my event work with my Nikon it's manual 98% of the time.

    But for personal stuff I'm probably in program more often than anything else with program shift and exposure comp. But I use them all, my last outing it was aperture for some macro stuff and shutter to try and blur some water.
  3. DynaSport

    DynaSport Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 5, 2013
    Aperture priority almost exclusively. I like to be able to control the aperture. I do keep an eye on the resulting shutter speed, though. I do adjustments with exposure compensation, as I found my G5 underexposed a bit for my liking.
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  4. rocky

    rocky Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    Sep 11, 2012
    Kapolei, HI/Walnut Creek, CA
    I primarily use aperture priority. I do a lot in HDR and want to maintain the same DOF for all the shots.
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  5. Carbonman

    Carbonman Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jul 10, 2014
    Vancouver BC
    I use aperture priority most of the time so I can control depth of field and get the highest possible shutter speed. If I end up with an E-M1 or E-M1 Mk.II with PDAF to speed up accurate focussing, I may use shutter priority more often for birds etc.
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  6. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2012
    David Dornblaser
    Aperture most of the time, manual the other.
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  7. PeeBee

    PeeBee Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Sep 17, 2012
    iAuto - I'm scared the mode dial will fall off if I touch it!

    Just kidding. Mostly Aperture Priority mode for DOF control or Shutter Priority for shutter speed effects. I could use P mode to achieve the same I guess but its just what I'm used to.

    I never use fully auto modes because they often set a higher ISO than I would choose and I never use in camera 'art' effect modes either.
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  8. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
    For what I shoot aperture priority at least 90% of the time. The other 10% or less of the time I'll be in shutter priority or full manual if the situation calls for it.
  9. GFFPhoto

    GFFPhoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2013
    I often want to keep the lens near its sharpest f-stop and/or control DoF so usually aperture priority. If not aperture, then manual. I have used shutter priority or program a handful of times at most.
  10. GRID

    GRID Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 22, 2011
    A most of the time, maybe 70%,
    S for paningshoots on moving targets 25%.
    M about 5%
  11. Engawa

    Engawa Mu-43 Regular

    May 23, 2014
    I used to always shoot in A mode on my dslr but now on micro 4/3, I rarely use it.
    I just want to get the picture with minimal effort or distractions.
    I usually take pictures of a toddler so I need to maintain a relatively high shutter speed at all times.

    Almost always S, P if it is bright out.

    Almost always M mode with Auto ISO, P if it is bright out.
  12. EdH

    EdH Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jul 14, 2014
    Devon, UK
    I almost always shoot in Aperture Priority mode and very occasionally in Manual mode. I stick it on iAuto if I'm handing the camera to the wife...
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  13. jrsilva

    jrsilva Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 1, 2012
    Aperture priority 99% of the time.
    I do a lot of portrait work and I like to control DOF in a away to isolate my subjects as much as possible.
    Even when I do some occasional landscape photo I keep Aperture priority and set a closer aperture to maximize detail.
    I can't remember when was the last time I've touched the mode dial on my cameras...
  14. Lcrunyon

    Lcrunyon Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2014
    Seems like an overwhelming majority...

    Aperture Priority perhaps 70% of the time. Even though I shoot a lot of motion, I can still control shutter speed that way. I've done Manual Mode for certain landscape shots, and I've played with Shutter Priority to get a particular motion blur, but probably only 5% for both combined.

    The other 25% I'm in Art Mode. I use Dramatic Tone, Key Line, Diorama and Partial Color - probably in that order of preference. I even use Story Mode every once in a while, though that's just messing around...

    Canon 7D MkII:
    Aperture Priority 100%.
  15. pellicle

    pellicle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 10, 2010
    Southport, OzTrailEYa
    It depends on what I am photographing and why

    Aperture priority, Manual or Program
    Can't say I have much call for Tv

  16. MoonMind

    MoonMind Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Oct 25, 2014
    I use aperture priority nowadays - virtually exclusively. If I use LV or an EVF, I use exposure compensation a lot - so it's actually very close to shooting full manual, even in handling ...

  17. Yong

    Yong Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 25, 2014
    Mostly I leave the controls to camera. I discovered P mode is smart enough to trust. Olympus in-camera metering system handles light and exposure very well, while maintaing "optimal" aperture and shutter speeds.
    Though I compensate EV often. It's not due to inaccurate metering, rather for getting intentional under or over exposure.
  18. Ramsey

    Ramsey Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 9, 2013
    Zagreb, Croatia
    A 90%

    M for macro stuff

    S for lightpainting etc
  19. Wisertime

    Wisertime Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2013
    A 90%
    M <10% for long exposure or non traditional
    1% Art modes for fun

    I will switch to S if I am doing action or need a high SP, but that is rare.

    When I was using a DSLR, I got in the habit of shooting 100% M to train myself to think, but then realized A could do the same thing in most cases with Exp comp.
  20. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    A 90% day-to-day, 9% M for difficult/variable lighting conditions, multishot panoramas, flash, long exposures, some action where I need to control both DoF and shutter, 1% MySet PDAF burst S (E-M1) for action.