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Digital Photography Questions with a Pro Photographer

200611101344I was chatting with a Pro photographer recently at a party and as is usual when I meet someone who makes their living from photography I pumped him with questions for a good half hour. I did so for two reasons:

  • firstly I learn a lot when I do it
  • secondly I thought it might be an interesting learning experience for the DPS community. I obtained his permission of course.

The results of his conversation were quite insightful – so over this week I thought I’d share a number of his answers to my questions as a mini-series. I tried to keep things to a beginner to intermediate level.

By the way – this photographer works mainly in portrait photography – but majors in kids with a few weddings. He does mainly on location work (ie very little studio work).

I’ll start off with a pretty quick and simple one.

What mode do you mainly shoot in?


Do you want the ‘I’m a Pro Photographer’ answer or the ‘Real’ answer?

The ‘I’m a Pro’ answer is that I never leave full Manual Mode but the real one is that I generally live largely in Program Mode (P) and Aperture priority Mode (A).

I tend to use Program Mode when I’m doing spontaneous photography. For example if I’m out and about taking candid shots or am photographing kids where they’re running around I ‘cheat’ and switch to ‘P’, choose my ISO and start shooting.

If I have more time and my scene isn’t changing I’ll generally switch to Aperture Priority mode and shoot from there. I use Aperture Priority largely because I’m big on controlling depth of field and find it can make or break a shot.

Read more on the different modes on your digital camera and aperture and shutter priority modes.

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Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse

is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals.

He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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