D-Noc Photography

You don't have to shoot manual

I came across a couple of interesting discussions over at POTN recently. Essentially they were discussions about why fancy, expensive cameras that were targeting the enthusiast/pro segments had a "green box"/Auto setting, as the people that would be the potential users would know better and choose manual mode or Shutter/Aperture Priority and if they didn't they should by a more beginner-oriented camera.

In my book such a point of view is extremely elitist. You don't have to do anything because others say so when it comes to photography. You don't have to use manual just because you bought an expensive camera. You don't have to stick with a beginners camera because you prefer to shoot in Auto mode.

It's your camera. Use it and have fun!

If you are trying to perfect your composition and don't want to be bothered with all the technical stuff, then my all means go ahead and do so. Then, when you want to go beyond what is possible in Auto mode, I strongly encourage you to learn how to expose properly in full manual, and explore the differences between Aperture and Shutter priority to be able to better choose the right mode for the right situation.

But most of all, have fun doing so.

See some of the discussions mentioned here, here and here.

It's not about the camera

Ever so often the various Photography Blogs and Photography News sites run an article about why Full Frame is the king of the camera, why Micro 4/3 is the future, why Medium Format is the shit or why an iPhone is all you need (PetaPixel, I'm looking at you)

Usually the articles result in a cascade of enthusiastic and/or angry fanboy comments and I don't have one moment of doubt that that is exactly what the editors wanted. These polarized articles are designed to split people up in Teams that are Pro/Con because that drives traffic to their sites.

But guess what?

It's not about the camera. Shot with a Medium Format Hasselblad if you want to (and can afford it) ..or an iPhone if that suits you better. All that matters is how you put your gear to good use and gets the most of it.

Now, I am not saying that gear doesn't matter. It does. But discussing which sensor format or camera system that rocks the most is like discussing whether a nailclipper or hedge trimmer is the best tool in the world.

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