A rant and my opinion, my two cents
I have been following this site for quite a while now but something seems really off center. Sometimes I have to wonder why Chris even writes at all as he seems to go through tunnels without ever coming out at the other end. I just read his article on Programmed and truthfully I do not shoot in programmed but I also don’t shoot in manual. First off all Dslr and mirroless cameras let you over ride the basic programmed setting with the turn of a wheel just in case you want to favor f-stop or shutter speed or vice versa. That is not even mentioned. Even though you shoot in programmed you can still set your meter to work like you want it to. Spot, multi, center weighted, what ever. You can set your Iso if you want. You can set under and over exposure compensation. You can set your white balance.
So you can change the Program parameters.
A program is no more than a curve, a line with certain limitations beyond the cameras total capability of f stops and shutter speeds and for the most part if left alone it allows for the possibility of more and better spontaneous captures.
But he does not seem to get that.
You have a lot of options in your dSlr and Mirrorless cameras that allow you to work in a way that is most comfortable for you.
There is aperture priority, shutter priority, programmed mode with variable operation, manual mode. All of these modes will allow you to get great images. BUT THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH SHOOTING IN PROGRAMMED IF THAT IS WHAT YOU ARE COMFORTABLE WITH. You are in control and all of these different ways of shooting they are simply a great variety of tools for different shooting situations. Even if you are a die-hard non program user, you may find some day that you are in a situation where lighting is rapidly changing for light to dark to what we consider normal and the camera believe it or not, in programmed, will compensate for that changing light faster than you can. REALLY!!!
How do I like to shoot? I shoot almost all day long in aperture priority so I can control the depth of my images and yes I can do that in programmed as well just by changing the program for what it think is right to a nice selection of shutter speeds and f-stop for more creative control. When I know that subject are going to be fast-moving I use shutter priority and again I can favor the programmed setting to give me a faster shutter speed and it will change the aperture to compensate. I very rarely use manual control because, well, I just don’t run into situations that would require it. What is manual? It would be me setting the aperture and the shutter speed of my lens and body to achieve the “ULTIMATE PHOTOGRAPHY.” Do I need to do that for 99.9 percent of what I take pictures of. Absolutely not.
I had a student who was also a dear friend and no matter how much a taught her in my workshops I could not change the fact that she shot in programmed mode ALL THE TIME. Her work was incredible even though she really did not control the situation. It was so incredible that she has one award after award after award for her inspiring photography. She has a magic eye when it comes to composition and the fact that she only shoots in programmed did not matter, ever.
I have been involved with photography, at the time of this writing, for 69 years and I have worked for major camera companies, been free lance, been a wedding photographer, been a teacher in a workshop company I owned.
Enjoy your photography no matter how you do it.
If someone is going to write an article then they should have all the facts and the truths available or do not write it at all. I have seen too much of this type of writing on this site.
I have decided not to put up with this sites inaccuracies and at times wrong information and stay with more reliable bloggers. There are more than a sufficient amount of real smart professionals providing great and accurate information about cameras and technique all over the web. This one below is good to stay away from.