In 2012 Sony published the results of a survey that claimed that ⅔rds of non-professional DSLR users never or rarely took their camera out of full-auto.
While there are some good resources out there (and there are certainly better photographers!), anecdotally and the results of this survey suggest these resources can be improved upon.
PROBLEM TO SOLVE
The initial learning curve, when learning photography outside of automatic modes, is surprisingly steep. Many elements to learn are not too complex individually but when intertwined they get confusing.
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