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I'm guessing that if you shoot people with flash and with slower kit lenses or with stopped down lenses, the auto settings might give you more keepers than trying to go manual, until you have a lot of practice - which some people don't have the time or motivation to practice that much, they just want acceptable pictures.
I'm not a full time photographer and I'm not as fast or instinctive on the camera controls as I'd like to be.
I have to admit, the newer face tracking features have me wondering if, with a fast prime wide open, the body will do a much better job keeping focus on and metering for the subject's face than I could, given handheld shooting and changing light conditions and a moving subject.
I tried some fun shooting yesterday outdoors with the 105 2.5 AIS on my D7000, moving subject, and about a 25% keeper ratio - which sucks when the best expressions are not among your keepers. Subject was moving from full sun to shadows and a mix, and matrix metering just wasn't working at all so I went full manual and spot metered on skin when I could.
If it really can track a face like using spot focus well, and meter like a spot meter for good skin exposure, I'm all for technology helping a brother out :-)
But at a minimum I hope I'll always know how to go to full Manual if I'm not getting what I want, and back to full Auto if I want to hand my camera to someone else without explaining how it's customized.
Edited on Feb 14, 2012 at 02:41 PM · View previous versions