When I was pregnant with Ashley we bought a digital camera. We didn't really know anything about what we wanted in one besides the usual "good screen", "enough pixels", "some decent zoom", etc. Two years later I realized I could actually get zoom beyond the 4x. I just had to turn that feature on. Oooooh!!!
Shaila (our upstairs neighbor) is really into photography and I get all excited when I look at her posts. She's got the big deal camera I can only hope to own someday and even if I did, I would take 2 years to figure it out, right? I have always harbored this delusion that I could take good pictures. And I probably can if the subject is a tree or a willing, not under 10 years old, person. I have been playing with my camera a lot lately trying to figure out what all the different shooting modes do; some are really obvious from the picture but some are lettered like TV, AV, M, and some other stupid things that will make obvious sense, I'm sure, if I ever actually read the book (we all remember I have ADD, right? Yeah, I bought the camera well before I got diagnosed so who knows if I have the book anymore).
So today Ashley was outside playing in the pools again. In that camera somewhere I found a way to change the ISO but I was terrified to do it since I didn't understand what that meant or what it would do. Since I blog stalk people I have learned a thing or two (tops!) about some of this so I was determined to find the choice for ISO again. (don't ask me what it stands for, ask SHAILA!) It does something with the shutter speed, I think, making it possible for her to freeze the water in mid-air and other super cool stuff.
**Shaila, how did you take that one of Mack on the slide? Teach me!!!**
Anyway, I finally figured out where the ISO choices exist (not in the menu or in all the shooting modes so grrr!!! at Canon but I'm figuring this out... they should print a book like a manual or something. Oh.) and only screwed up the camera a little bit in the process. I think I'll be able to figure out what I did or at least how to reverse it, or in the very least learn what it's called so I can sound like I did it on purpose later... It's just a new thing that comes up over the instant review screen right after I take a picture. Anyone?
Now that I have owned this camera and HATED it for years because it took too long, wouldn't take pics the way I wanted, and was too slow, I have learned that I can do all kinds of cool stuff including take black and white photos instead of having to make them in photoshop (I have learned I may like a picture in B/W that I cannot see any value of in color). I can change the settings for cloudy days, fluorescent lighting, fireworks, how much flash comes out of the bulb, etc etc.
I feel like I bought a new camera. Now if only I could find the book!