SOMETIMES, AUTOMATIC IS THE WAY TO GO.
If you've been in the photography game for any length of time, there's probably a good chance you've at some point considered making the switch to manual. Professional photographers are quite obsessive about shooting in manual, and for good reasons. Manual mode offers a world of control and finesse that you simply can't find when shooting automatic and when you're on location with a client, that control can be a lifesaver.
However, despite all of that control, sometimes the precision and detail of manual mode can be overkill. Sometimes, the best choice you can make is to actually let your camera make the decisions on its own. So without delay...
HERE'S WHEN YOU SHOULD SHOOT IN AUTO.
1. WHEN IT'S BRIGHT & STILL
One of the best times to switch your camera into auto mode is when you're shooting slow-moving subjects in great lighting. Auto mode tends to bump up your aperture a bit, giving you more focusing area and keeping things sharp, while keeping the shutter from getting crazy fast. This can kill you if you're trying to shoot sports or at night, but during the day this can be a great way to quickly capture scenery or a family outing without having to worry about constantly changing dials. So next time you're on an afternoon walk with your family or exploring a national park, switch over to auto and enjoy!
2. WHEN YOU'RE TRAVELING
It's easy to lose yourself in the details of your camera. And when I'm on the road and seeing new places for the first time I want to enjoy the beauty of the locations I'm in rather than spending all my time thinking about dialing in the correct exposure, precisely setting my focal point, or worrying about ISO grain. So when I'm on vacation or just out and about for fun, I'll often switch my camera over to auto. This allows me to take a break from constantly looking at my camera and actually spend time enjoying the gorgeous world around me.
Here's a post from my San Francisco trip last November – I shot a good amount of these photos in full auto!
3. WHEN YOU NEED TO MOVE QUICKLY
One of the reasons people love taking photos on their phones is because they can whip their phone out of their pocket, quickly snap a photo, and move on with their lives. Switching your camera into auto mode allows you this freedom...but with what's probably a much better camera than the one on your phone. If you're out with friends, in constantly changing environments, or simply need the ability to take a photo as quickly as you can, auto mode can be a lifesaver. Sure, not every photo will be in focus and some might be blurry or dark, but sometimes capturing something is better than missing the moment entirely.
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