...annoy me even more than those that don't shoot in raw.
What is it that folk find so difficult about choosing an appropriate shutter speed, the DOF they desire and then selecting the necessary ISO?
Obviously you then make off's where necessary...
I actually tried Tv & Av once, what a palava. settings all over the place, complete lack of control of anything. I have a friend that only shoots in fully auto (a Nikon user) and to look at his exif data is painful... he is a beginner and his composure nor his focussing is spot on yet but he refuses to learn even the simplest things about taking control of his own photography and not letting a daft camera take control.
The only non-manual thing I'll accept is the EX580's ETTL and that's only because it's a right bastard to operate.
so yeah, sell me the other options I've got to work with...
You seem to have taken my light hearted banter a little personally. If you point me in the direction of your online work I can also judge accordingly and give you appropriate feedback?
While I would never take a thread like this seriously, there really isn't anything in your first post that implies you are being light-hearted. It's actually pretty antagonistic. You basically insulted a lot of people (telling them they don't know what they are doing) and then demanded that they prove themselves to you.
Reminds me of an ongoing thread right now over on dpreview where the op wants to know why everyone doesn't use an 18-200 superzoom and insists that changing lenses is not a good idea. His replies mostly state that he is talking about "for him" but the original post did not and he keeps defending his position by saying too many people use multiple lenses when they should stick to a superzoom.
Both threads are mildly entertaining, but pretty useless. I don't expect either op really thought they were useful (at least I hope not).
As far as cars go, I'll stick to my automatic. I'm just not that into driving - the car just gets me from one place to the other. Cameras are a lot more interesting.
It was that last line in my original post that I thought made light of it... I do shoot mostly (99.9999%) on manual (not manual focus) but my initial wish was that people would say that they shoot a particular way and what the advantages are to that. I know a lot of people like to keep their settings & post production secret but I thought we could discuss it anyway. It certainly appears that I have people's attention. Throw out a wild statement in your opening bit of bravado, then you have your audience...
What we have learnt thus far is that for moving objects in varying out door light Tv is favoured. When situations appear to be constant and bright, Manual is favoured. When certain conditions are required, where a certain Dof and shutter speed are desired then Auto-ISO is the favourite.
There are almost infinite ways of photographing the same scene, personally of late I've exposed for the subject/people of the scene and blown out most of the background as the 5Diii allows this due to the high ISO capabilities. This is something I never would have done with my 7D, maximum 1600iso and then a bounced or non-direct fill-in flash would light the subject. sometimes I'd even have a low ISO, a long-ish shutter speed and direct flash so I'd get points of light and only slight ambient that would cast a colour as if it were floating over a scene. (that technique is particularly good for bands in really small pub type venues).
So my intention was not to insult those incapable (
) of using manual, nor do I think it's something to show off about (it's something that is now very much second nature to me) I simply wanted to read little anecdotes of what folks prefer and why... hence the "sell me the other options I've got to work with..."
Also, I don't think in any one of my comments, I've insulted anyone... even the Americans