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Can I Just Leave My Camera on Automatic?

David Pogue

In today’s Ask Pogue, a longtime film photographer expresses concern that the previous simplicity of digital photography is beginning to fade away. Now, he contends, digital cameras are getting even more complicated to use than film cameras were. Can’t we leave most decisions to the camera?

The answer: Yes, we can. You’ll be just fine using Auto (or a semiautomatic mode like Shutter Priority or Aperture Priority). In fact, that’s what many pros do. 

But his question sends me off on a rant about something that’s always bugged me. There’s one important piece of data that’s missing from every photo ever printed in a photo magazine or on a website. Watch the video to see what it is.

See also: 
You’re Using Your Camera’s Flash Wrong.

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