View Poll Results: Do you use the full auto mode in your SLR/DSLR?

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  • Often

    8 6.35%
  • Sometimes

    14 11.11%
  • Rarely

    23 18.25%
  • No, I dun use it at all.

    58 46.03%
  • Come on, who buy DSLR to use Auto mode

    31 24.60%
  • I dun even notice there is an Auto mode!

    14 11.11%
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    Default Re: Is it true that SLR/DSLR users dun use full auto mode?

    Quote Originally Posted by contaxable View Post
    During a shoot, I once used my 1635mii and the two girls to go wild, and I told them, they were too boring.
    They started to dance and in the end, the wildest of the two clawed my lens and smeared her finger prints all over!

    I regretted being too close with a wide angle and hence, master Ben is right about safety distance.

    I took me a while to remove the stains, but the girl felt so sorry she kidded my lens. OMG, her lipstick imprint became significant.
    Hmm, this sounds like a fantasy dream to me...
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    Default Re: Is it true that SLR/DSLR users dun use full auto mode?

    Quote Originally Posted by Burnings View Post
    Sorry ah what is Xmms?
    XMM = Xiao Mei Mei, young girl, usually refer to female teenage aspiring models who like to pose for photoshots.
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    according to Scott Kelby's book, the easiest way to get good travel street candid shots is use P mode or auto mode.

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    Quote Originally Posted by contaxable View Post
    it was a wedding dinner. she was from the marketing dept... nice, fun, wild and crazy type. she even asked for my fb account

    i told her i am only a boy... spare me pls
    She must have been drunk. Why did you worry? I am sure she was as much a XMM as you were a XDD.
    XMM+XDD = good.... photography mah.

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    At time you just dont have the time to do the setting and Auto mode is the way to go!

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    By "Auto", I presume it is referring to Full Auto (green rectangle on canon camera).

    If you're going to take a portrait and trust the camera to select the correct AF point under full auto, If you're taking sports and trust the camera to select a sufficiently fast shutter speed, if you're taking landscape and trust the camera to select a small aperture, well, to each his own as you said.

    If, the photographer has played a part in deciding any of the exposure parameters such as aperture, shutter speed or ISO, or AF point, then it is strictly not Full auto already.

    Are you sure you always let the camera take full decision? if not, then it is not considered "auto" in the context of the poll I guess.

    Quote Originally Posted by bengchiat View Post
    the more i shoot,
    the more i trust my expansive camera to be right in most situations,
    the more i use auto just not to miss the moments.

    every mode has its uses,
    to each his own.

    hope i'll never live to see "who uses AF when there is MF."




    The issue here is that the photographer decides on specific parameters such as aperture, and let the camera do the calculations for the correct exposure for the other parameters. In this case, the photographer has played a part in decision making. That is not Full Auto already.

    Quote Originally Posted by adorable View Post
    I believe since camera co has invested so much for metering sys, should use the High tech instead of M mode. If spent so much on tech, but use our eye as metering, must well dun buy hi tech cam with sophisticated meter sys




    If Av, Tv, and P (where the PG decides whether to use flash) are all considered "Auto", then there is little meaning to the poll already. As the poll reveals, majority don't use "Auto" modes. I believe not all of them calculate and set all the exposure parameters down to all of aperture And Shutter And ISO. These PGs decide on certain parameters and let the camera calculate the rest.

    By Auto it should refer to the case where the camera makes full decision, such as whether to flash, and all parameters of the exposure w/o involvement by the PG other then pressing shutter button. And TS did explicitly state "Full Auto" mode.

    How many PGs actually trusts the cameras so much?
    Last edited by Limsgp; 17th December 2009 at 01:37 PM.

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    Other than being part of "PASM" that camera reviewers mention, I don't know a thing about the Auto mode.

    I can't imagine long time photographers ever having used the Auto mode simply because a lot of us didn't have cameras with any kind of automatic exposure, i.e. prior to the Canon AE-1 and Minolta XG-1 of the 1970s.

    I'd guess that the only people using full Auto mode are those moving up to dSLRs from compact cameras. A lot of professionals I've seen trust the camera, though, and just aim the camera and hold the shutter release so who knows?

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    Haha when I got my first dslr, i jumped straight to manual.. (not showing off here) because I was so fed up with the auto mode and the preset modes in my PnS. But I do have some problems adjusting the right exposure. Not quite a big problem though.

    The modes I would usually use are Manual mode or Auto mode. Auto mode when I am really lazy to adjust the settings, you get what I mean.

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    Why I shoot fireworks in Auto, the camera never auto long exposure for me.

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    Possible for someone who just want to do the artistic part of photography and doesn't want to learn the technical parts? Meaning, he uses auto mode all the way and doesn't want to bog down by tech parts

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae View Post
    Take a look at the newbies corner. 99% of DSLR buyers tend to be the "oh it makes me look so cooooool" crowd that then ask questions showing they have no concept of exposure.
    agreed. in my sch i have retards who go asking me what camera shld i buy. i want a dslr tat is easy to use. and to quote them, "i just need press pictures come out can very nice already"

    i'll just roll eye and ask say. u wanna buy cause its cool right? cause i look cool while taking right? (damn bhb)

    the purpose of dslr is to give u more control over ur camera and wad u can take right? wads the point of going full auto when u can get a pns to do tat?

    and wad else. i got jokesters who go after me telling. hey i put auto mode. dun have zoom button.

    i wanna strangle them
    note i do not refer to the technology such as metering and auto focus. those 2 are life savers.
    wad i meant is like. i need fast shutter speed to freeze moments. but my dslr auto mode isnt tat smart to think tat way.
    and hence the usual aperture priority. its like driving a semi auto ats all
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian View Post
    A sleazy pro explains to the kiddies what the modes really mean...

    P - Professional mode as used by pro's worldwide
    M - Moronic mode - only used by idiots
    A - Amateur Mode - for beginners only
    TV - Transvestive mode (ladyboi) as found in bars in SE/Asia
    AV - Adult Video Mode, porn for your cam.
    CS - Cork$ucking (Geylang mode 1)
    CSM - Found in Geylang from ladyboi (Geylang mode II)
    M/F - Male female fun (Geylang mode III)
    A/F - Altered female (Anyone for plastic?)

    Memory card meanings:
    CF - Combination fun
    SD - Sexi Display
    XD - eXtremely Disgusting
    Haha *faint* . I only use A > for antidote when all other modes fail....
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    Default Re: Is it true that SLR/DSLR users dun use full auto mode?

    Maybe difficult.. coz the camera may not know what the PG actually wants to achieve.

    Fireworks is a typical example as mentioned. Normal setting is medium aperture and long exposure. But the camera may decide on a max aperture and higher shutter speed, and the result may not be what the PG wants.

    For portraits, maybe still possible with auto face detection, but it may not work 100% of the times, and what if there is 2 or more person in the frame? how would the camera decide who is the subject?

    In the end, the PG still have to provide some input to the camera and let it decide on the rest. But still the decision for the other parameters may not always be the "correct" one.

    If the PG wants the 100% of the result the way he desires 100% of the time, then he cannot 100% of the time depend on the camera to make 100% of the decisions. Even more so for artistic PGs.


    Quote Originally Posted by adorable View Post
    Possible for someone who just want to do the artistic part of photography and doesn't want to learn the technical parts? Meaning, he uses auto mode all the way and doesn't want to bog down by tech parts

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    Default Re: Is it true that SLR/DSLR users dun use full auto mode?

    I usually shoot in P mode unless there's something special which I see

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    Quote Originally Posted by Limsgp View Post

    By "Auto", I presume it is referring to Full Auto (green rectangle on canon camera).

    If you're going to take a portrait and trust the camera to select the correct AF point under full auto, If you're taking sports and trust the camera to select a sufficiently fast shutter speed, if you're taking landscape and trust the camera to select a small aperture, well, to each his own as you said.

    If, the photographer has played a part in deciding any of the exposure parameters such as aperture, shutter speed or ISO, or AF point, then it is strictly not Full auto already.

    Are you sure you always let the camera take full decision? if not, then it is not considered "auto" in the context of the poll I guess.

    how to convince u that i do leave it to my cam most of the time?

    if u r a canon user,
    try this scene.

    subject with a strong backlight.

    lets see how fast u need to get it right from the moment u decide to shoot.

    trust me, my little green window usually beats me.

    well, i didn't know the AF point is part of the parameters,
    thought this is an exercise on the metering mode.
    but i'll hv to say, if the cams i own (40D, 5D & 5DII) has cross type throughout the points,
    i'd trust it to the green window all the time.

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    what is manual mode?

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    Default Re: Is it true that SLR/DSLR users dun use full auto mode?

    I think it depends on the situation. If you have all the time in the world then go ahead and fine tune the shot till the cows come home. There are just some situations when the camera is actually faster than your mind in deciding what aperture, shutter speed and iso.

    End of the day, it is the picture that counts, not the mode that it is shot in. Besides these are pros that dialed in the various auto mode ya?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Lim View Post
    what is manual mode?
    Manual mode? Think you got to depress the clutch so that you can engage the gears & shift from 1st to 2nd & so forth? hmmmmmmmm........... I'm lost What are we talking about here?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae View Post
    Take a look at the newbies corner. 99% of DSLR buyers tend to be the "oh it makes me look so cooooool" crowd that then ask questions showing they have no concept of exposure.
    Can't help but agree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madmartian View Post
    Manual mode? Think you got to depress the clutch so that you can engage the gears & shift from 1st to 2nd & so forth? hmmmmmmmm........... I'm lost What are we talking about here?
    Yeah, me too. I thought Av is audio/visual mode and Tv is television mode...
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