[QUOTE]\n[QUOTE="Whiskers"]\n[/QUOTE] \n[...]\n\nBut the advantage of a DSLR is that it can automate exposure,\nfocus, and ISO more accurately and quicker than can be done\nmanually.[/QUOTE]\n\n[...]\n\nIt certainly can. But it can never know what the photographer intended,\nand it can never set the exposure and focus in advance of the\nphotographer framing the shot and squeezing the button. Manual metering\n_in_advance_ and having known focus settings _in_advance_ can do that,\nresulting in no time at all between squeezing the button and the photo\nactually being taken - because the human involved has already set the\nexposure and got the focus close to what's needed before even framing\nthe shot. If zone focussing is used, exploiting depth of field or\nhyperfocal distance, the first shot is in the bag before precise\nfocussing is even tried.\n\nDon't just react to things you want to photograph, predict them. When\nyou react without planning, you get snapshots. Fine if that's what you\nwant, and better than nothing if an unexpected opportunity arises (such\nas moonrise over Hernandez) but if you've planned to be there and\nplanned to take photos of [whatever it is] then why haven't you planned\n_how_ those photos will be taken?