« on: March 08, 2014, 02:47:21 PM »
I have to wonder what people are doing to mess up a shot with an SLR, when I upgraded from a compact I was satisfied with the results even after forgetting to focus with the first few images. I was shooting from a tripod though, maybe it's just flat out unrealistic to compare the experiences of a fiddly nerd type with the average person.
If you're just looking at images on a low resolution screen and not pixel peeping a decent cellphone camera might seem fairly competitive, at least in good lighting. Chances are most people compare quality on instagram
I see this all the time at events and even family gatherings. amny just think that right out of the box the thing will make amazing images. so it's left in auto everything mode and all points focus mode.
why are my shots out of focus. I take a look...well, you have it on all points, your focus is not locking on what you want it to because the camera is making the call for you.
Oh, so how do I change that?
did you read your manual?
if they are on a canon I can help them easily and show them nikon and sony's interface is all wierd --- i tell them they have to just read their manuals...and you'd be surprised how many say they threw that out
from focus points to the good old, how do I stop the flash from popping up to the basics of shutter speed (why is there blur, because your shooting moving things at 1/15th ---- ohhhh, didn't know that...how do I change that)....
It's sad, but it's true. these are the folks that have only snapped 1000 shots in 2 years on their slr, but well over 100,000 on their cell phones...