(this probably won’t be a regular series I’m just bad at titles)
Here it is: Give up on Auto mode! If you have a Ricoh GR, take advantage of the MY[1-3] settings. You’ll get a much more satisfying result. I’ve had my next-gen APS-C sized Ricoh for about a year now (migrating from my wonderful but broken Ricoh GR Digital III) and every once and a while I’ll slip the mode wheel into Auto, the green camera icon, thinking that it’ll make my life a little easier, or that the camera’s software will know better than I do about what my intention is. It never works. I’ll just have to live with the fact that I know better than my camera.
On that note I don’t want to say “hey if you’ve got a Ricoh GR, you should learn to juggle your aperture and shutter anyway” but there it is. I said it.
My big tip? Get cozy with TAv mode.
Auto will try to balance all three exposure variables, aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, which usually ends up creating blurry or mediocre pictures. TAv mode allows you to set your shutter and aperture, but handles the ISO for you. This is wildly helpful if you’re realistic about your lighting conditions.
Here’s what I do, personally. MY1 is based off of TAv mode, with the high-contrast Black and White filter applied and a few other personalized tweaks. MY2 is also TAv mode, but saves colour pictures in a pure RAW format (again with a few personalized menu tweaks). MY3 is “Instagram” mode, it’ll save pictures in a 1:1 formatted large jpeg file with a date stamp.
So take 20 minutes and set your MY[1-3] settings and you will have a much more enjoyable time shooting with your GR.
BONUS TIP: Also, re-assign that “Effect” button on the left hand side. That button is just silly. But the placement can be very useful for other quick features like cropping to 35mm/47mm focal lengths.