Both amateur and professionals photographers usually have their camera’s AUTO setting turned on all the time. Why? Because it makes it easy to look back at photos you’ve just taken and make sure everything turned out perfectly. But lately, more people are turning off their camera’s AUTO setting. It may sound scary, but it’s actually quite beneficial for you, your audience and your photos. Read on to learn why you should consider turning off your camera’s AUTO setting today.
Why disable the AUTO setting on your camera?
After shooting so many photos with the AUTO setting turned on, it’s tempting to keep it that way. It’s an easy way to look back quickly at each photo and ensure that you captured the sunset at the right time, everything was in perfect focus and everyone was smiling beautifully. But here are five reasons why it’s best to switch your thinking and explore photography without the AUTO setting turned on.
- It helps you choose the right exposure. If your camera is in AUTO, it automatically chooses the exposure for you. This means that a lot of photos can turn out dark. By taking your camera off AUTO, the exposure is better suited to the ideal lighting for each photo.
- It helps you focus on what’s important in each photo. By shooting in AUTO, your camera decides where to focus. Shouldn’t you be the on deciding what to focus on? By switching out of the AUTO setting, you can. Simply choose the auto-focusing dot in the location where you want the camera to focus.
- It helps you trust your instincts and experience. Chances are that you’re smarter than you give yourself credit for! By turning off your camera’s AUTO setting, you’ll look at your shots less and less, which leads you to rely on your vast photography knowledge. (You know more than you think you do!) Trust your instincts as a photographer and you’ll soon pay more attention to your settings, shutter speed and more important parts of your photos.
- It helps you be more present. Blink and you’ll miss it! That’s how fast time goes. But being present in the moment helps you cherish and savor each precious memory. In fact, a recent study shows that people who are busy snapping lots of pictures at an event are less likely to remember the details of the event. Taking one quick photo, not checking it and then simply sitting back to enjoy each moment in real-time is a much better way to enjoy those big events in your life. Plus, your guests and audience will really appreciate you spending time with them rather than being busy with your camera all day.
- It helps you grow as a photographer. By turning off your camera’s AUTO setting, you may feel like you’re taking a step back in time. Remember the days of having to develop your film and waiting to see what your pictures looked like? There’s something valuable about that. For example, by not looking back at your photos right after you take each one, you can be a little bit surprised by how they turned out when you review them later. That way, if any shots didn’t turn out perfectly, you can think about what you did and what you can do differently in the future to make sure it goes better next time. Chances are you won’t make the same mistake twice, and it’s a great learning opportunity for photographers.
Ready to turn off your camera’s AUTO setting?
If you’re convinced that turning off your camera’s AUTO setting will yield great benefits for yourself, your audience and your photos, then what you are waiting for? Try it today and see how much better your photography sessions can go!