"I rarely shoot motion so its not much of an issue for me. When I shoot models in motion in the studio I can control the light so its not a factor here either. I figured that motion was what Thomas was referring to. Thanks."
"I think he is thinking about those fast capture moments where you don't have time to set your exposure for the shot. I think 50% is a big number, but I do see where if you only shoot manual you could miss some shots. I use all the modes…"
"Sorry, I meant unless it's stationary objects you're shooting. For things like shooting people on the streets, it's a bad idea. If you only have a split second, you shouldn't use it to worry about settings. Aperture would be…"
"If you shoot in manual mode and just centre the meter, you are working too hard. Aperture or shutter speed mode can do the same for you with less work. Exposure Compensation will let you tell the metering you want it darker or…"
"I shoot only on manual as auto just cannot be reliably trusted. Auto is programmed to play it safe, not burning out highlights, so the images are almost always too dark. Use your built-in light meter. Get that marker in the middle of the scale and…"
"From an old school film guy:
Depends on what you are shooting.
In general, lower ISO is going to give you better image quality. Was especially true with film, also applies to digital. ISO is governed by light level and shutter…"
"Good information so far. something to REALLY watch is the setting you have on your light meter. For low light situations, a spot meter is essential. read the area you WANT to see. Remember a light meter will under expose white and over…"
"Most cameras have a built in light meter. Given the ISO that is selected, you will be able to change your aperture and shutter speed to bring the image to a good starting point. Most built in light meters will use a slider of some sort and when the…"