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Old 12-12-2007   #1
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Hi All,

A question comes to mind.

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Old 12-12-2007   #2
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What's Auto only. Does it mean the green dot thing, preset styles or includes Av/Tv modes of canon?
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I use AE modes like Av and Tv all the time, as well as manual mode. it really depends on what is going on, and it doesn't always have to do with convenience. When making landscape brackets, I use Av mode, because its easier and upsets the camera tripod rig less to click the dial on the back of my 20D to affect the exposure time than it is to use the dial by the shutter in M mode. When I am taking snapshots indoors with a flash, I use M mode, but its hardly a "calculated" procedure, since the flash is in ETTL mode (Auto). I think a better question is, "do you understand how each mode works, and how the camera metering works to get a good exposure?:"

All that said, I'm probably in M mode 75% of the time. In challenging situations, i find it easier to meter the scene and set my camera up, than use exposure compensation or exposure lock. it's worth noting that I generally shoot using C.Fn.4-1 which puts the AF on the * button.
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Oh, and I have a habit of storing my camera in P mode at ISO 400, just in case something amazing pops up.
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- Studio: M
- Everything else: Av
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I shoot as the shot requires. Normally Av for 90% of stuff, but M for any flash shots and indoor or night sports.
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Odd. Since this is the lighting forum I took the original question to refer to manual or auto flash rather than camera settings. Either way, my answer is both or, in the case of flash, all three. I most often use ETTL auto for macro where I feel ETTL helps. I use manual when using set up lighting (portraits, for example). I take a lot of family shots (like opening Christmas presents) using thyristor non-ETTL auto with my old Nikon SB-24 and SB-26 flashes. This allows easy multiflash with units that get confused if you have the preflash needed for ETTL and I find the exposure more consistent. It also allows using radio trippers (the $20 eBay kind) with multiple flash while still getting auto flash benefits. The only things I do avoid are the basic mode choices on my 30D dial. M, Av and Tv - yes; green box and friends - no. Av and Tv are rarely used on the camera when using flash but it does come up so I'm happy to have the option.
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Strange choices. I answered "auto only" cause 95% of the time I'm in P mode. I use Av or Tv some, but I can't remember the last time I shot in M mode. I'll select the EV and different metering modes as needed so I am "going manual" and I don't see the point of messing with M mode.
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Goofup, I take it you use exposure lock too? That really comes in handy.

I just noticed this was in the lighting forum, so I should probably add that I use manual mode on the flashes when I am in a studio setting. If you use strobes, you have no choice - they have no TTL flash exposure mode.
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M only. I use the * button for AF but not AE. Custom Function #4:3 on a 30D...

rarely do i use Av or Tv modes.
My flash [430EX] is set to full manual as well.


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