What matters more, the technical settings in the camera or creative choices made with the subject in front of the camera?
TECHNICALLY CORRECT BUT BORING
While technical settings help get a technically correct photograph, creative choices give it heart and soul. Here you can see a technically correct photograph taken in Manual with bad creative choices on the left and a photograph taken in Auto with good creative choices on the right.
CAMERA SETTINGS SEPARATE FROM CREATIVE CHOICES
There is no setting on the camera that will change your camera angle from a low to a high angle. Camera settings are totally separate from creative choices.
2 CAMERA SETTINGS vs. 12 CREATIVE CHOICES
You have 2 creative camera settings. They control stopping action and blurring the background. You have 12 creative choices which have much more impact on the photograph. Setting the camera on Auto and concentrating on the creative side of photography can yield some amazing photographs.
CREATIVITY IN AUTO
I was talking with a man who owned a digital SLR (the big cameras) who told me that he knew how to set the camera settings but his photographs were average. When his teenage daughter picks up the camera and set it on Auto she creates amazing photographs.
CREATIVITY WITH CELL PHONES
There are some amazing photographs taken with cell phone cameras with the camera settings automatically set. The myth that it is all about the camera settings is still around but people are now questioning it.
CREATIVE CHOICES MAKE THE DIFFERENCE
If you want to take great photographs you must make great creative choices. You may be a person who likes to set every camera setting yourself or a person who sets the camera on Auto. Either way the beauty of a photograph depends on the creative choices you make in front of the camera with the subject.