I just wanted some expert opinions;
I am an old school guy and never had an automatic camera until I bought a digital camera. This was back in the days when a camera was just a box with a lens and a shutter. My theory was that what ever was achieved by auto could easily achieve using manual controls (of course I could not do it as quickly), and that in fact I could achieve better results by knowing what I was doing.
However digital cameras are much more complex with many more variables. But old habits die hard. so I still tend to use either "P" mode with manual corrections or "M" mode.
My question is;
Will I be able to achieve the same results as available in the camera modes by accurately selecting camera settings or do some of the mode settings access specialist processing parameters for the image that I will not be able to mimic using settings? Should I be using the mode settings more for better results?
I tend to shy away from the mode settings because most of them limit the amount of manual override that you can have on the settings.
For information I am using and FZ18, but the question is intended to be generic.
Thanks for any comments.