i am new to digital photography.
i am using a d80 with 18-200mm lens, and have since only used the manual mode exclusively. not sure if that is the best way to learn photography or get the most out of it.
for shutter priority - you can choose the shutter speed while the cam chooses the aperture for you. for aperture priority, you choose the aperture and the cam chooses the shutter speed. but isnt it more flexible to be able to choose both settings for yourself ?
currently, for most shots, i would fix my aperture first to f/3.5 and iso to 400 (or less). i would then adjust my shutter speed based on the exposure meter. not sure if this is a right or wrong way to go about the 'generic' settings but i would sure welcome some feedback on how other people go about it. in fact, i believe there is probably no such thing as a generic setting, but since i am new to this, i am more comfortable with a basic set of settings and adjusting it from there depending on the environment or subject i am taking photos of.
haven't really tried out the many settings of the camera which makes me feel like under-utilizing it, things like front/rear curtain syn for flash settings amongst others.
esp for those who own the d70 or 80 series, what are some of the cooler or more interesting features of the cam that is worth experimenting on? and this cam is quite bulky with my 18-200mm lens, so i wonder what kind of camera bags you recommend to carry the cam and other accessories (eg. other lenses or a tripod) along with you when going for photo-session events, esp for outdoors and those involving moving around a lot.
sorry for the number of questions asked, but thanks for listening. hope i can have some of your feedback, thanks a lot !