I'm looking for advice on handling tricky exposure situations, such as backlit portraits, in terms of picking between: 1. Manual exposure 2. Shutter/Aperture/Auto exposure, and using the AE/AF lock button, the +/- button
It seems that Manual exposure substitutes for having the AE lock, so it makes sense to figure out the exposure, maybe by zooming in, or maybe by using the single point exposure meter with manual. And then maybe bracketing a bit, again manually with the shutter or aperture.
And if the lighting is not tricky, then I should pick one of the auto modes. In other words, I don't use the AE/AF button much.
And what about flash photography? Such as backlit harsh shadows in the sun, or sunsets portraits, or indoors with a bounce flash. (using Nikon TTL flashes)
Any way, I understand what all the modes do, but I'm looking for advice on what experienced pros find most useful.