By which I mean, which mode do you use most frequently? Are you still stuck on “P” or are you a hardcore “M” person?
Digital Photograph School conducted a poll on this topic and had more than 72,000 responses. Here’s the inevitable pie chart:
So #1 is Aperture Priority – choosing the lens opening and letting the camera decide on the shutter speed. Manual comes in a relatively close second.
So clearly people are placing a “priority” over having control over depth of field. I find myself shooting last-place shutter priority almost as often as aperture. Most often I’ll do this when I’m shooting a band – I want to make sure the shutter speed is fast enough to freeze the action. On those (increasingly rare) occasions when I’m shooting models in the studio, I’ll go to full manual. I think in part I’m comfortable doing that because I’m shooting in a very controlled environment and not concerned that the light is going to change from one minute to the next.
So what’s your favorite mode?