What PASM Modes Do you Use ?

Discussion in 'This or That? (MFT only)' started by retiredfromlife, Oct 7, 2016.

  1. retiredfromlife

    retiredfromlife Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2016
    Sydney, Australia
    I am interested in what people use most out of the PASM modes

    Since film my E-P5 is my first non point & shoot camera, and I have mainly used “A” & “S” modes as these directly translate from my old film days. I suppose the modes I am most interested in is how people use “P” & “M” modes.

    So far I have only used “M” in two types of shots. Where I meter on something take note of the exposure setting then apply them in manual so the camera will not change them and when I tried to take macro photo’s of bees where I set a very fast speed and small aperture to let he flash light the subject and hopefully freeze movement. (nice try but did not work)

    So far I really cannot see what advantage shooting in “P” would give me, I have just used iAUTO for that sort of shot.

  2. MarkRyan

    MarkRyan Instagram: @MRSallee Subscribing Member

    May 3, 2013
    I use A-mode for nearly everything. Only exceptions are (a) for video, and (b) for long exposure photography like astro. In both of those exception cases, I use M-mode.
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  3. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman Subscribing Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    most of the time A, sometimes M....

    my usage of P and S&M are not really relevant to a photo forum :) 

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  4. astrostl

    astrostl Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Oct 4, 2014
    St. Louis, MO
    Justin Honold
    M mode for everything, usually with auto-ISO outside of tricky exposure situations.
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  5. Debbie.Cato

    Debbie.Cato Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 23, 2016
    I found using M was a necessity for low light venues such as weddings.
  6. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2012
    David Dornblaser
    A & Video.
  7. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
  8. dalto

    dalto Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 6, 2016
    A and M the most.
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  9. siftu

    siftu Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Mar 26, 2015
    Bay Area, CA
    90% A with auto-iso 10% M
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  10. Clint

    Clint Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Apr 22, 2013
    San Diego area, CA
    I use A-mode when I'm concerned with the depth of field or light, S-mode when I need to control the shutter speed to stop motion or add a blur (such as on prop planes), M-mode when I typically am shooting on conditions that won't change - most likely while using flash. Seldom, if ever, have I used Auto or P-mode, I just figure if I wanted the camera to make my choices I'd get a P&S.
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  11. PakkyT

    PakkyT Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 20, 2015
    New England
    A & P mostly, and yes there are plenty of times I find P mode is perfectly fine for what I am doing. If I am using a external flash, then Manual mode usually.
  12. Giiba

    Giiba Something to someone somewhere Subscribing Member

    Aug 19, 2016
    New Westminster, BC
    I thought about it and I can't remember the last time I took my camera off of A mode... even when I'm trying to freeze motion I just open the aperture. I do use auto ISO (200<->1600) unless I need to go higher then I set ISO manually.

    I do use M mode for long exposure astro shots, but for that I have a myset asigned to the dial in place of one of those silly creative modes. So I never use M mode on the dial in technicality. The other modes may never have been used...o_O 
  13. bigboysdad

    bigboysdad Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 25, 2013
    Sydney/ London
    S for street shooting. P for almost everything else, even before A. I trust my E-P5 in that regard.
  14. Debbie.Cato

    Debbie.Cato Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 23, 2016
  15. retiredfromlife

    retiredfromlife Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2016
    Sydney, Australia
    How do you use the "P" mode, I guess what settings do you change, as I must be missing something as "A" & "S" for me do the same thing. P seems to be iAUTO with a bit of flexibility, unless I am missing the point of that mode.
  16. Debbie.Cato

    Debbie.Cato Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 23, 2016
    In Program mode the camera chooses both aperture and shutter values. I'm sure iAUTO is similar but I have never used it so am unsure if iAUTO contains additional tweaks to the settings. Scott Kelby suggested using P mode for street shooting in a book that I read.
  17. retiredfromlife

    retiredfromlife Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2016
    Sydney, Australia
    Yes I guess for my style of taking photos "P" is not so relevant, especially sine I emulate my use of film cameras. But I probably should have a go with that setting as I could be missing out on some functionality for quick grab shots.
  18. Zancrow

    Zancrow Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 16, 2014
    A mode most of the time and M when I'm using off camera flash.
  19. LowriderS10

    LowriderS10 Monkey with a camera.

    May 19, 2013
    M. Always.

    When I had my Canon 1D Mark III, since it didn't have a physical mode dial, it was possible to disable modes you didn't want...I had everything but M and Bulb disabled. :D 

    I do wish, however, that my E-M5 had some C spots on the dial!
  20. retiredfromlife

    retiredfromlife Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2016
    Sydney, Australia
    If you use "M" how do you obtain the correct settings. Do you use another mode to obtain the correct exposure?

    In my film days I used a hand held spot meter to get the exposures if I did not trust the camera light meter or if the camera did not have one like some twin lens reflex cameras did not. Do people still use external light meters?
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