I still remember talking with my good old friend Joaquin whether I should spend all my money buying a 1000€ Nikon DSLR. He already had one, so I approached him looking for advice. He asked me:
— Do you like taking pictures?
— I do absolutely love it.
— So just buy it, mate, you will not regret it!
And I’ve never taken a better decision (money talking!). Numbers say 23866 pictures taken during six years, but experience tells about people, friends, smiles, difficult moments in my life, towns, cities, countries, trips, new jobs, conferences, skills, new family members, finding the most awesome girl in the world, photowalks, so many more. And having fun. Lots of fun.
So recently a couple of friends also decided to jump into DSLR world, and I was quite surprised to hear from them that they only shoot in fully Manual Mode — this was interesting, because them both don’t know each other, and their backgrounds are very different. I was shocked, as I barely shoot in M (only very specific scenarios like long exposure pictures) and I usually take photos in Aperture Priority Mode (A/Av) or Shutter Priority Mode (S/Tv).
It feels wrong to me trying to learn a new skill set and making the learning curve as steep as you can. But also, it feels inappropiate to me because:
You cannot go wrong choosing having fun — don’t forget it!
And yes, this is my very personal point of view but I’m quite open to hear other opinions — How is your shooting approach?