Funny you should ask today ...
I have been trying to figure out how to compensate for my light problems with my camera without having to resort to using filters.
I know the best light is supposed to be in the mornings and afternoons or on cloudy days. I do have a sense of what camera settings I should use, but my photos always seem to be over exposed.
I live in the mountains and it seems like both the morning light and afternoon light is still incredibly intense. I might as well be taking my photos in the middle of the day.
During the summer months, it is so hot up here, taking photos is kind of a hit-and-run kind of thing, so I'd like to be able to set up my camera, run out and take a few photos and then get to work. So far, I haven't figured out how to set up the camera for intense eastern sunlight. There is very little shade available to filter the light.
No, I am not using the auto settings.
I have a Kodak EasyShare Z740 zoom digital camera