Kinnisis (Detail) by Bill Lishman
In comparison, I'm told you can adjust 64 things on a typical digital camera, simultaneously! My mind simply can't cope with that many possibilities. But when my wife chose to go to Haliburton School of the Arts for a week for a quilting workshop, I signed up for a travel writing and photography workshop. One of the best things I've ever done! This post is illustrated with photos taken during our week there.
Haliburton School of the Arts
Redwing Frond by Darlene Bolahood
What you do have to do when shooting in Aperture mode is keep an eye on what your camera is telling you, to make sure the camera doesn't choose a shutter speed too slow. I usually try to shoot outdoors at a speed of 1/125, which ensures a sharp picture. In normal light this will be fine. But in darker situations, your camera might set the speed down at 1/2 sec. for example, which is far too slow. Then you know you have to use a tripod, or else change your aperture setting to let in more light and allow the shutter speed to be faster.
Park Bench and Sprinkler in Morning Light
But the beauty of digital is that you can experiment, and just shoot in different settings all you want until you see what works. I still shoot multiple pictures to get what I want; I just need to learn to delete the others!
Of the three things he told us, I still don't understand the white balance, and often forget to set it. But if you're shooting indoors especially, it does make a difference. The shot above was taken when our instructor insisted we come out to practice photos just after sunrise, in the 'Golden Hour' for photography. And as you can tell by the first three pictures above, the school has a great outdoor sculpture collection.
So if you've been shooting on 'Auto', and occasionally finding your photos just aren't what you want, as I found, you might try shifting to 'Aperture' and starting to learn more settings to give you great pictures instead of just good ones. I have a long way to go, but my course in Haliburton did get me off the 'Auto' setting.