Auto mode is all about thoughtfree photography (Figure 3.1). There is little to nothing for you to do in this mode except point and shoot.
Your biggest concern when using Auto mode is focusing. The camera will use the automatic focusing modes to achieve the best possible
focus for your picture. Naturally, the camera is going to assume that the object that is closest to the camera is the one that you want to have the sharpest focus. Simply press the shutter button down halfway while looking through the viewfinder and you should see one of the focus points light up over the subject. Of course, you know that putting your subject in the middle of the picture is not the best way to compose your shot. So wait for the chirp to confirm that the focus has been set, and then, while still holding down the button, recompose your shot. Now just press down the shutter button the rest of the way to take the photo. It’s that easy (Figure 3.2). The camera will take care of all your exposure decisions, including when to use flash.
I always tell my workshop students, if you’re not sure of what setting to use or if exposure, aperture, and speed are confusing, then start by using Auto mode. This mode can be an excellent learning tool. Take a photograph using Auto mode and note the ISO, aperture, and speed the camera uses. This is a great way to become familiar with settings. Then, as you become more familiar with the settings, you can begin to change them to better create your vision.