I was just wondering what camera modes people use and why.
For me, here's how it breaks down:
40% in Program mode- What I also call "snapshot" mode. Most of my shooting time is spent walking around on trips with my family or while hiking. I keep my camera in this mode for a quick "gotcha shot" when I don't have much time to think about the settings, then if I have time or the opportunity, I'll go into another mode. This percentage was around 80-90% in the months after getting my d40, but has come down as I understand photography more.
30% in Aperture priority mode- Most of the time I am more concern with controlling depth of field. I also turn to this mode indoors in low light to use the widest aperture I have, although I've learned my camera's p mode also favors wide open aperture in low light.
14% in Shutter priority- Only time I'm in this mode is to use a long shutter speed to get a specific effect, ie. in night shots or photographing waterfalls (or the one time I photographed fireworks).
14% in Manual mode- Again, I'm only in this mode for a specific effect. Most of my night shot are in this mode because I want lots of dof and a long shutter speed. Sometimes when I experiment with my flash, I and in this mode. As I learn more about exposure, I am using this mode more and more, but only when I have the time to really think about my shot.
2% in the special scene mode- I've really only play with these modes. I think if I learned exactly what settings they changed and didn't change and what affects they have, I'd feel more comfortable using them.
That's basically how it works for me.