Originally Posted by mucus
Yes Naga main reason I bought a dSLR was to experiment with the manual settings. At least now I get more understanding instead of letting a point 'n' shoot camera doing all the work.
And the joys of shooting digital! I heard some people say you have to experience shooting on film to appreciate photography, but honestly I don't think I have the enough patience (and money) for that.
There is no reason to shoot film to learn photography. I still shoot film in my Pentaxes and Mamiyas for nostalgia sake, but my Canon DSLRs (cheap rebels) can exceed them for image quality.
There is no reason to shoot all manual either. That would be like demanding a 5 speed manual Porsche 911 without any stability control. The technology raises the game well beyond the pedestrian. A basic Nikon or Canon DSLR is a Porsche 911 for a Mustang V6 price. That is how amazing these cameras are. Why Nikon and Canon? Superior optics. You can go wrong with NEITHER.
Photography's technique has shifted massively. When I got my degree in it, you needed to know technique and composition. The digital age allows a person to focus on composition, which is BY FAR the most important skill of the two. As I have taken classes to remain current, I have been stunned by what I no longer need to know versus what I need to know on a technological level.
IF a person plans to turn professional, then technique comes back into play, but it is NOT the old f-stops and shutter speeds mentality but rather a "using the technology" mentality. The camera can manage the exposure and photoshop can fix glitches.
My degree in photography is no longer valid given the leap of technology which is why I am constantly taking classes to remain in the swim of photography.