Multi-mode metering options, automatic TTL flash-exposure, etc. Nowadays, these features are quite standard in even entry-level cameras. My query is, in light of all these technological advancements, how critical is it to still know the basics of photography? Like exposure settings? (I know it's still important, but just how important?)
Many a times I hear that beginners are told to get a manual camera so that they can learn the basics before moving on. I personally feel this is quite old-school thinking, and when one becomes so concerned about the mechanics of the camera, photography becomes more of a science (which is nothing wrong, btw), rather than an art.
For me personally, I'm happy to let technology do the work for me because when I take a picture, there's already so much I have to consider about how to compose the shot. Maybe it's my simple mind, but I find it exceedingly daunting to think about camera settings and the scene at hand. I don't know what the "sunny f/16" rule is, or how to make 1/3-stop adjustments. I just read the manual, fully understand what each button and knob does, and it's go for me.
What do you think?