Shooting in manual mode quite simply gives you more control over your environment and the light that is let into your camera. If your subject is moving really fast, you can adjust the shutter speed so that you are able to freeze their motion in place. Or maybe you want there to be some blur in the photo to show the movement of the subject (for example, the flow of a waterfall). There are many reasons why you would want to manipulate the lighting in a photo and manual mode allows you to do that.
I've always loved seeing what other people shoot with and use as gear. It's even more interesting the different results everyone can create from using the exact same products. Here's a quick list of everything I have in my camera bag. Camera, lenses, accessories and why I love using these specific items.
This I have been struggling with for the past 2 years. My journey as a photographer began because of my children - like many other photographers. I studied how to use my gear, learned how to find the light, practiced posing, composition, connection, styling and grew as a capable photographer. People began asking me to shoot their families and children, and suddenly I was a photographer charging money. however, somewhere along this road I got lost - I lost my passion and determination - I was no longer photographing my children - but other peoples children.