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Chapter 8. Advanced Exposure > In-Camera Histograms - Pg. 176

176 Complete Digital Photography, 6E Which Method Should You Use You've learned a number of different ways to control exposure here. Hopefully, along the way you've also learned that there's no one method that is ideal for every situation. You should have seen that underneath each of these methods, there's still just aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Each of the modes and techniques we looked at here simply provides a different way of controlling those three parameters, and you should have seen that the actual controls in each mode or method are pretty simple. There's no "magic" to a Priority mode, and there's no picture you can take with a Priority or Auto mode that you can't take with a Manual mode. Similarly, Manual mode does not open up some extra power that you can't achieve in Auto mode. But, in some instances, one or another will make it easier to get the results you want. Your goal is to understand the use of shutter speed and aperture, as well as how they're related. Your choice of exposure control method will be fairly obvious if you have a good under- standing of what each exposure parameter is used for and how they interrelate. There's no hierarchy to shooting modes. You don't start in Auto mode, then graduate to Priority modes, and then one day become so sophisticated that you finally switch to Manual mode and never use anything else. Rather, your goal is to simply understand exposure theory well enough that you can recognize which mode is going to provide the control that you need. If you're trying to shoot fast-moving subject matter, then you'll probably opt for Shutter pri- ority mode. If you're shooting landscapes, street scenes, or portraits--any situation where you want depth of field control, then Aperture priority is probably your best bet. I frequently use