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Chapter Nine. Avoiding Problems Like a Pro: How to Sidestep Those Things Tha... - Pg. 191

Chapter Nine Avoiding Problems Like a Pro How to Sidestep Those Things That Drive You Crazy Today's digital cameras are amazingly sophisticated devices, and if you take a moment to really think about it, you're holding in your hands a lens, a shutter mechanism, a color TV monitor, and a computer. That's right, there actually is a computer inside every single digital camera. That's what those menus on the back are for--you're navigating the camera's software and turning on/off specific features, just like you do on your computer at work or at home. You're setting the preferences for how your computer works. So, at this point, you're not really taking a photo, you're tweaking your software to get a specific desired result. When you press the shutter button, it sends a signal to the software to briefly let some amount of light into the computer-controlled sensor, and that amount is determined through a mathematical calculation performed by (that's right) your onboard computer. So, is it any wonder that occasionally we make a mistake with this handheld computer, and a photo doesn't look how we wanted it to? No, it's not. So, technically, when the photo doesn't look the way we want it to, it's not our fault--it's that darn computer. Well, that's what this chapter is all about. Blame. You'll learn how to quickly and easily redirect the blame for any bad shot back to how the software behaved in your camera, and you'll be able to do it in such a convincing and logical way that there's no way you could ever be held personally responsible for taking any photo that is not literally Ansel Adams quality. Underexposed? "That stupid software!" Out of focus? "Darn autofocus got me again!" Took a shot of your foot as you were walking? "It fired without me pressing the button!" See? It's easier than you'd think. Let's try a few more: You hear, "Gee, the color looks off." You reply, "My stupid LCD isn't color balanced." (Oooh, good one!) [ 191 ]