What PASM Modes Do you Use ?

Discussion in 'This or That?' started by retiredfromlife, Oct 7, 2016.

  1. retiredfromlife

    retiredfromlife Mu-43 Veteran

    May 15, 2016
    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

    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

    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 Veteran

    Oct 4, 2014
    St. Louis, MO
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    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

    Aug 13, 2012
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    David Dornblaser
  7. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
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  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

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

    Clint Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 22, 2013
    San Diego area, CA
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    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 Top Veteran

    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

    Aug 19, 2016
    Burnaby, 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 Veteran

    May 15, 2016
    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 Veteran

    May 15, 2016
    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 Veteran

    May 15, 2016
    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?