I’ve been snapping pictures with my compact camera seriously for about a year now. As long as the words “serious” and “compact camera” can be used in the same sentence. Presumably to annoy me, my husband brought home a borrowed DSLR so I could try it out. I see as little point in trying out a camera I can’t afford as trying out a dress I don’t intend to buy.
But bravely, I downloaded the instructions manual for Nikon D800. I read it and concluded that I wasn’t really looking to build a nuclear bomb (which is what the manual seemed to be for). So I referred to the manual only to set up auto mode for all the buttons and switches I could locate. The next day we set off for a family trip to Prague (because that’s apparently what families do).
I was acting like a natural Nikonista — I mastered the introductory sections of the manual “How to Hold Your DSLR” and “How to Point and Shoot”. My DSLR even received some wolf whistles on the go. (Unless the whistles were for my short shorts, which I was wearing to prove to my husband I wasn’t prudish — except I am.) The shooting was a breeze. The results not so much.
Either a DSLR wasn’t meant to be used on the auto mode really or it requires practice to shoot even on the auto mode. Or both. The camera was borrowed from a friend, professional photographer, who can go without this old piece for a while. So I’ll try the instructions again and experiment with manual settings. Maybe I’ll report in the next Random Moment of Delight! Meanwhile, check out my Flickr for more Prague photos!