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    Default Re: Shooting DSLR in Auto Mode = wasted ?

    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil123 View Post
    In the end, it doesn't matter what mode you shoot in..

    Because, in the end, only the image matters.

    And the image that capture's peoples' heart and mind is not technical perfection or image quality. It is the content and the subject that moves people...
    Quote Originally Posted by Hinata76 View Post
    As long as the pics ur happy with it..doesn't matter wat mode...why care wat pple thinks?

    Besides..the Auto mode is there for a purpose...


    if set to auto liao still can not get a good picture, so how leh?
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    Default Re: Shooting DSLR in Auto Mode = wasted ?

    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    if set to auto liao still can not get a good picture, so how leh?
    Easy

    Find a dustbin (preferably near my house or can loan my house's dustbin to you) and dumb the DSLR, mirrorless, rangefinder or whatever into that particular dustbin, then change hobby :P

    But bro... that wouldn't happen to you man... hahahaha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights

    if set to auto liao still can not get a good picture, so how leh?
    Good quote haha

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    Default Re: Shooting DSLR in Auto Mode = wasted ?

    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    if set to auto liao still can not get a good picture, so how leh?
    worst still... if the user is using 1Dx...

    anyway myself also using auto lah (but not program mode cos my cam dun support).

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    Default Re: Shooting DSLR in Auto Mode = wasted ?

    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    if set to auto liao still can not get a good picture, so how leh?
    Common sense sometimes not so common. Auto mode sometimes also not so auto. It's really up to individual to figure out what's next. To buck up on the skills or to live with it.
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    One of the reasons that I don't normally use auto or program modes, is that it would take longer to investigate and counter adjust settings if the pic taken in auto mode don't turn out as expected as we can't tell in split second the settings that camera has auto applied.

    I would prefer to start from a baseline settings (different baseline for different shooting scenario). So, very important to reset back to general baseline after each session or before going for the next session.

    But yes, for people who get DSLR to benefit from the larger sensor (thus better image quality/details, blur, etc) and choice of lenses, then nothing wrong to use auto

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    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    if set to auto liao still can not get a good picture, so how leh?
    " my gear not good enough ". cos we all know its good cameras which take good photos, nothing to do with composition, exposure, lighting, style, perspective and storytelling

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    Default Re: Shooting DSLR in Auto Mode = wasted ?

    last Friday night my family had a gathering with our close friends in a restaurant, was cerebrating Father's day together, my friend's daughter is using a Canon 600D or 650D, when I use her camera to take some snap shots, was very surprise that shots turn out quite well, needless to say is on fully auto mode. Sure it is very good for facebook, may not hold well if I want to pixel peep.


    like you guys suggest, if on fully auto mode still can not come out good pictures, it is better to switch to another hobby liao. lol
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    Default Re: Shooting DSLR in Auto Mode = wasted ?

    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    last Friday night my family had a gathering with our close friends in a restaurant, was cerebrating Father's day together, my friend's daughter is using a Canon 600D or 650D, when I use her camera to take some snap shots, was very surprise that shots turn out quite well, needless to say is on fully auto mode. Sure it is very good for facebook, may not hold well if I want to pixel peep.


    like you guys suggest, if on fully auto mode still can not come out good pictures, it is better to switch to another hobby liao. lol
    happy fathers day to you

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    Default Re: Shooting DSLR in Auto Mode = wasted ?

    If someone wants only good snaps of family or friends in a birthday function or a picnic, auto mode is quite sufficient and efficient. With a larger sensor and lens, the picture would definitely come out better than a low-price-range P&S or mobile-phone cameras. It is not at all waste.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sinned79 View Post
    worst still... if the user is using.
    1DX no auto

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    Default Re: Shooting DSLR in Auto Mode = wasted ?

    Quote Originally Posted by avsquare View Post
    1DX no auto
    Actually 1DX had some kind of an auto mode :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by rhino123 View Post
    Actually 1DX had some kind of an auto mode :P

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    P mode la.. not the green box

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    Default Re: Shooting DSLR in Auto Mode = wasted ?

    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    if set to auto liao still can not get a good picture, so how leh?
    Then switch to P mode, this is for Professional.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wong_se View Post
    Then switch to P mode, this is for Professional.
    are you taking the mick ?

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    Default Re: Shooting DSLR in Auto Mode = wasted ?

    If you look at the other side, you should admire these people,
    they willing to spend a lot of money on something they have very little knowledge on it.

    will you spend $500 or more for a singing bird, when you know noting about appreciation of birds singing.

    will you buy a $1000 bonsai tree, but you don't have green fingers?

    will you spend $2000 on golf club, but you don't know how to play?


    we hardly do such things, so I think we can say they have more passion on this hobby then you and me......
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    I don't use auto, but I think there is nothing wrong for a newbie to shoot in full auto, if he does not know how to handle the situation. However I will advise all newbies that after taking that snap shot, go back and take a look at the exif, and try to learn why the camera set it that way.

    Many times, people who shoot auto are overly reliance on it, thus they never realise full potential of their DSLR. If they use that as a learning process, they could actually get better, by forcing themselves to program the settings themselves when they go out shooting the next time.
    "Time is often the best editor" - Alex Webb

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    Default Re: Shooting DSLR in Auto Mode = wasted ?

    also a newbie here. any one use auto iso here. using a AP wth auto iso a waste too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by buzzmario View Post
    also a newbie here. any one use auto iso here. using a AP wth auto iso a waste too?
    Imho using auto mode, auto iso or any other settings is not a waste as long as you know what you are doing with the camera.

    What really matter is that you are happy with the photos taken.

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    Default Re: Shooting DSLR in Auto Mode = wasted ?

    Quote Originally Posted by buzzmario View Post
    also a newbie here. any one use auto iso here. using a AP wth auto iso a waste too?
    I use Auto ISO all the time... Guess I am a newbie and a waste of money on my camera gear
    I am not a photographer, just someone who happened to have a couple of cameras.
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