Originally Posted by duncarooos
When I'm taking pictures outside on an average cloudy day, should I use my flash??? How about indoor when I want to take pictures of people should I use the PORTRAIT mode to get
the best quality pictures or just manual.. Also what ISO setting should I use??? Lastly I'm fairly new to photography so I've been using the AUTO setting for quite a while now... i'm
trying to make the jump to the next level should I use TV AV or P..??
THANKS FOR THE HELP:)
when shooting on cloudy days you don't need to use flash unless there's not enough light...flash is only artificially applied outside in the daytime on really sunny days, where you're trying to photograph something in the shade but everything else in the photo is super bright and you don't want to underexpose/overexpose. when you're taking pictures of moving people in a party or something, go ahead and use the auto mode, the portrait mode softens lines and adds a slight warming filter to your pictures, which you don't really need unless the people you're photographing are standing still (like for a family picture).
you should always go with the lowest possible ISO, unless it affects the shutter speeds so much that you begin to get blurry pictures. this happens a lot more indoors/at night, obviously because of the low ambient light.
using the AUTO setting is fine, i shoot most of my photography on aperture priority or auto setting, unless there is uneven light distribution, where i have to manually manipulate settings to get decent exposures. digital photography nowadays lets you get as much as you can in the picture, then later play around with PS to add the effects you would do if you were in a darkroom.