I love Photography a lot, and over the Time, I think I actually learned one Thing or another. I still rarely ever touch Manual Mode. Having to set up everything myself when it comes to how I Expose my Fotos is just a that I am not very good at.
Off Course I also do not use those fully Automatic Modes, they dumb down the Experience way to much. Usually, my Camera just chucks along happily in Aperture Priority. That Way, I still have pretty much full Control, but I also do not need to worry too much.
In Aperture Priority, all I have to set is my Aperture. That actually defines the look of a Foto way more than most other Settings in my Opinion, as it dictates how much of a Scene is in Focus.
If I wanted to, I could also change my ISO. Auto ISO works so good though, I rarely ever do that. The ISO Dial on my Camera right now changes Focus Modes and only does ISO when I push a Button to change its Functionality.
My Camera chooses its Shutter Speed, and usually goes up in ISO way before it lowers that below 1/60 Seconds. I have no Idea why it is set up that Way, and I also can not change that. Maybe that depends on the Lens that I am using.
Off Course that is different when the Auto ISO Levels I have set up are reached. Then it goes down with the Shutter Speed.
Off Course Shutter Speed is also an important Setting, but more so when it comes to moving Subjects like Waterfalls or Race Cars. When I need to, I have no Trouble switching to Shutter Priority, or even Manual when it has to be.
But usually, I am doing well with the Shutter Speed my Camera chose. It is rarely too low, and never too high. Especially when it comes to Water, 1/50 to 1/80 Seconds is my favourite Setting anyhow.
I like it to blur the Water a little. But when the Shutter Speed is too low and Waterfalls turn into Silk Veils, it is just to much for my Taste. Water should still look like Water and show off its vigour in Fotos.
Usually, I am quite happy with how my Camera Exposes my Fotos. Since I always shoot in RAW, it is also not the biggest Problem to change my Exposure in Post.
Depth of Field however is much harder to Fake. That is another Reason why I prefer to just go along using Aperture Priority.
Most of the Time, it works very well for me.