Let’s get the facts straight: You’re not going to learn how to take compelling photographs by asking for other people’s camera settings. Or their EXIF data. Sure, you can get away with it for the first few times when you’re still a complete beginner fiddling with your camera’s controls. But you will never truly learn how to be a photographer with your own style and vision if you keep doing this bad practice.
This the frustration of author and photographer Tony Northrup, but I’m sure many others are also shaking their heads in annoyance whenever they’re asked for their camera settings. For one, it’s a common practice for photographers today to use both auto and manual modes for their photos to get the results that they want. Second, there’s more to a truly outstanding photograph than getting someone else’s camera settings and using them on your photos. Third, the post-process now allows photographers to fix whatever issues they had while taking the shot.