Just how 'manual' should a beginner go?

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roperc3 Regular Member • Posts: 108
Just how 'manual' should a beginner go?


As a beginner OMD EM5 user I've been doing a lot of research/study into how to get the most from my new camera and its myriad of manual controls.

In the past, I've shot in A-priority or S-priority but not to any great extent.  I'm not really too sure what P-mode does, although I used it quite a lot on my old LX5 when I thought that it decided how to configure itself for certain settings that you gave it at the outset (max ISO for example).

Having followed some tutorials I've decided I want to start picking settings myself rather than letting the camera do the work for me.  My question is how much control should I retain - do I do it all myself (including focusing) or can the OMD do certain things adequately by itself so I don't need to worry about them.

White Balance/ISO/Aperture/Shutter Speed/focus ... as an amateur it would be nice to have the camera decide some of these things automatically rather than having to set myself.

Also, do I need to change the settings for each different subject I shoot, e.g. portrait/street/landscape?  I know I would for different lighting conditions - sunny, cloudy, night etc.

Any comments/suggestions would be greatly appreciated...



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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm F1.8 Olympus 12-40mm F2.8
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