Modern digital cameras, particularly “prosumer” quality and above, include several different modes or ways of interacting with the camera settings. Although labelled differently for different manufacturers, all good cameras have modes that range from fully manual (where the photographer picks all of the settings) to fully automatic (where the camera evaluates the scene and picks the settings).
I recently found myself in a situation where the camera appeared to be picking settings for me and I couldn’t override them. It turns out that the most modern cameras don’t pick settings unless you tell them to, and will give you more and more information to help you make an informed decision about those settings. You can specify which decisions the camera should make, and which information you should receive so that you can make your own decisions. I had simply picked the wrong mode for the situation. Lesson learned. Continue reading “What Camera Mode When?”