i bet you never use half of the settings in your camera, i always used to just shoot man or apeture, but then i had a good look at what my camera can do for me, now i use mostly program and apeture, but also i use hand held twilight, partal color, and a couple of so called gimiky art filters, rather than being just a gimik sometimes these extras realy are a boon, the number of photos i have missed because of low light and no tripod are now a thing of the past, hand held twilight may sound a bit iffy, but it works. i bet if you look at your camera it has some gimmiks, but if you think about it ,in the right situation they might just save the day.
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I started with the "Fireworks" preset on my Olympus E510 and that saved the day as my friend with his Nikon D90 didn't and his photos didn't come out as good as mine. At the time I used the preset because I didn't have the knowledge of what it was doing to get the desired result but after looking at the meta data, I saw what it did and now I soot manually and tweak the exposure to get even better shots. So, presets are good in the beginning and are a valuable learning tool if you take the time to study what it was the camera did to get the result.23 March 2015
I've been meaning to spend some time in looking at my camera's manuel and explore all my camera has to offer. For the most part i just mess with the WB, ISO, and Aperture. I'm still learning a lot about photography, but you mentioned hand held twilight, what exactly is that?23 August 2014