Good post Pihta,When I start shooting my f/stop settings will usually be established by what I am shooting.* If I am shooting a big area such as a full house shot and their is a lot of foreground and background detail, I will usually shoot these around 11-13 to increase the clarity throughout the depth of field in the portrait. my shutter times will vary depending on ambient light levels in the sky and the lit objects themselves.* On these shots though I usually start around 10 seconds as a benchmark on these f/stop settings and adjust as necessary.** If I am shooting an object or scene that is closer up the increased depth of field is not as much of an issue and I will open it up to about f/7 or so.* I will begin shutter speeds around 1-3 seconds and adjust as necessary.* Some times you just have a good handle on the necessary exposure lengths based on the amount of reflected light coming back at you that you can dial it in precisely within a shot or 2.* I shoot all my photography at ISO 100.* I know that this limits my shooting time somewhat but I find my photos becoming much "grainier" as I increase my ISO speeds and I just don't care for it.* I really like a nice deep saturation of blacks and greens in the photos.* I will often adjust my white balance as well as it progressively gets darker or depending on what I am shooting. This makes a big difference in getting more of the true color out of the pictures.