Well the yacht racing was cancelled this weekend as about 1/4 of the crew looked at the weather forecast and pulled out! What sort of person signs up for offshore racing if they can’t cope with high winds and big waves? But at least that means I can make a start on my new OCA course, The Art of Photography (or TAOP for short).
Well the first thing the course tells me to do is sit down with my camera and the instruction manual that came with it and work through the book. Hmm, there is a novel idea! I’ve had 5 or 6 Canon SLRs over the last 30 years or so and must admit tend to just pick up the camera, read through the quick guide card and go, the current 5D MkII (or Powershot G10 for when the SLR is a little too obvious) were no exception.
Well the 5D manual is a rather weighty tome as such things go, 228 pages and most of those are describing how the camera works, only 50 or so are indexes, the very basic stuff like like safety info, how to put the battery in or how to connect to the computer, plenty more information than on my little quick start card.
So far I’ve only made it to page 37 and have already found out about things I didn’t know the camera (which I’ve had for a couple of years already) could do, maybe I should have RTFM somewhat sooner!

~ by davkt on June 18, 2011.

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