Shoot in P-Mode and be prepared

Resisting Donkeys

Sometimes you have to be quick. Street scenes are there for a second, then gone forever. No time to fiddle with camera settings. My advice for you: Shoot in P-Mode, when your are not deliberately photographing a certain subject and have ample time to adjust composition and settings.

In P-Mode the camera usually dials in a fail-safe setting between f/5.6 and f/8, resulting in a shutter speed fast enough to freeze the action that suddenly appears in front of your lens. As in this case, where my Olympus OM-D E-M1X with the 12-100 F/4 gave me 1/800 sec @ f/8 and ISO 200, at 100mm focal length. Suddenly I saw this scene appearing, where Donkeys were behaving like…well, Donkeys. I just had to rise the cam to my eye, zoom in and press the shutter.

So next time you are out and about with your camera to shoot street scenes: Shoot in P-Mode!

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Wish you a great Tuesday!


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12 thoughts on “Shoot in P-Mode and be prepared

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  1. That was quite a helpful and practical explanation of the use and practical utility of P mode. I really appreciate your photo tip here. Your ability to capture the donkeys in action is fantastic!

  2. I have never used P mode, apparently it’s very useful in some situations.
    Marcus, it’s a great photo and a story is very interesting.
    Best wishes to you!

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