Ok, well, to be honest, all these pictures in this post were taken with the camera on Auto mode – and not the AP mode, which I’ve been practicing lately. I refuse to be a slave of the Auto mode and all it’s simplicity, seeing as the ‘point-and-shoot‘-thing really makes me feel like I’ve used a lot of money on a great camera, but I’m not clever enough (or just too lazy) to learn and use all the amazing features and possibilities that the camera offers. Which I think is stupid.
The thing is, it’s not that stupid. I mean, I think it’s a shame when people buy an amazing camera and don’t use it to its fullest. But I have to admit that sometimes, the Auto mode is okay. Take today, as an example. I’ve been practicing the AP mode for days now, and I’ve begun to understand it and control it (adjusting the aperture and f/stops). This also means that when I use Auto mode, I know what it means when the camera sets those settings itself. I understand the effects of the settings (the ones I’ve learned to master so far), and it gives me a lot of info about why the picture turned out the way it did. So, Auto helps me learn, and gives me great pictures at the same time (most of the time).
In my case, today, I also learned that Auto might not always be the best choice, though. Taking snaps of constantly-moving wolf pups makes you realize that Auto sometimes takes the easy way and gives you a great picture of a beautiful landscape – with grey, blurry fur-balls in the front. No, that’s not what I wanted, but thank you for that extremely detailed fence in the background. Therefore, I also tried out the Sport mode (for fast moving objects, if you should ever be in doubt), but it wanted to use flash all the time – which I didn’t like. Back to AP to try out some close-ups, but with the puppies moving around, I decided to give Auto another chance and took some more shots, just to see what kind of settings the Auto would make, compared to what I thought would work. Sometimes I agreed with the settings, sometimes I didn’t, and a lot of the time, I learned something. Which is good. Right?
Next time, I think I’m going to try out some of the other modes and see what I would like to explore further. Although I’m still pretty determined on getting the next pictures right (by myself) when it comes to the AP settings. Hm. Maybe I just have to suck it up and continue the AP fun? The tricky thing is knowing how to get the right amount of f/stops, but at the same time be confident that the light is right, that the puppy won’t move, and that the camera has chosen the right spot or area to focus on. I know there’s also something about being able to manually choose where you want the focus point of the camera – but I doubt that’ll be very helpful, since (as I’ve said before) the puppies almost never stay still. Anyway, this post turned out to be far longer than I expected. Hope you’re not too bored when you make it to here (if you make it to here at all). But thanks. And I hope you like the pictures!