A friend said she won’t consider herself a photographer till she understands the Manual Mode. I don’t agree.
In simplest words I can say that clicking on the Manual Mode is like driving the car on the manual gears when it also has automatic transmission.
Manual mode allows you set Aperture and Shutter Speed manually. Mostly you will have to choose fixed ISO too. Whereas P or ‘Super P’ [or similar] will do everything for you. It will set all the variable parameters of the camera letting you concentrate on clicking the right moment and composing the frame.
Now a days a good camera does lot more things than just setting right shutter speed and aperture for you. In older times – say about 30-40 years ago the processing power of the chips was miniature compared with today’s fast chips. It is said that you have more powerful chips in your mobile phones than the entire computer system NASA used for their moon programme !! But now we have very powerful chips in out cameras.
So let’s use the chip to get the desired exposure and concentrate on getting better pictures! BTW, 95% of my pictures are clicked on P mode, and they do turn out good, you know!
I am planning to write a tutorial on how to tweak the P mode for getting the exposure you want!