taking the reflectors off

18Jan06

i had this problem. about a year ago i got this camera for work. at the time this was supposed to be one helluva camera. it had lots of doohickeys and settings and features. but every time i needed to take good pictures at a trade show or pretty much any time at all, the camera would fail me. every picture of every phone, every screen shot all turned out blurry as hell. i had to take 800 pictures just to get one decent. i missed critical shots because i couldn’t take enough back up pictures.

it was so bad, at first i figured it was my shaky hands. then when it was that bad on a tripod, i figured my feature laden camera must be suckier than all those expert reviewers said it was. so i started looking for a new feature laden camera.

then a few weeks ago in vegas, when i was in vegas looking at all the swanky new cameras, rich had an idea. he took my camera off the fully automatic mode and put it in the semi-automatic (program) mode. it let us change a few settings but still leaves the heave photo expert lifting to the camera’s processor. my pictures immediately improved but they still weren’t perfect.

so i kept searching for a better (affordable) camera and kept coming up empty handed. so i decided while i was on all these sites searching for cameras, maybe i should search for some advice about mine. and while i didn’t find the exact advice i needed, i did learn how to further dick around with the program mode settings until i found out exactly the right combination to take great pictures of phones nearly every time. the difference is amazing.
which got me to thinking about taking the reflectors. that’s what those in the bicycle business call it when you bring your new bike home, take off all the extraneous crap and start to customize the bike to your preferences and style. i don’t really use anything in it’s stock configuration or default setting. it’s just not my style. it shouldn’t be any guy’s style as far as i’m concerned. but here i was using my camera’s default settings. settings probably meant for landscapes and snapshots. not settings meant for close up pictures of highly reflective objects.

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