Originally Posted by Dream Killer
+1. i actually hiked a mountain last week, camped overnight in the freezing rain, woke up at 4:30am to set up the gear, all for a landscape shot.
by experience i don't mean traveling to different places. what i mean is using M when i can get the same exact result faster in some other mode (aka doing it manually). when i'm capturing a photo, the last thing i want to be thinking about is my camera.
It takes no more effort to roll the dial in P than it does in A or S. Which is why I use A and S 99 percent of the time. It ensures that the camera doesn't leave it too wide open, or that shutter is too slow.
The reason I do it this way is because you usually know ahead of time, "Hey, my shutter speed needs to above this." or, "My background is noisy, I need to shoot wide open."
It's really no more distracting than having to check that the settings P has picked are going to work out (either by looking at the numbers beforehand or 'chimping' the result.)Edited by theCanadian - 5/2/11 at 10:09pm