You are so not smart

One of the major perks of our photography course is having access to the museum’s studio lighting equipment. The first time we experimented with it was two years ago when I was still shooting with my Canon S100 and the experience was uncomplicated and straightforward. This time it was beyond frustrating. No amount of adjusting ISO, aperture and shutter speed got me to a usable photo.

During the lesson, the X-T20 decided it would be a good time to throw TTL metering at me without me having touched any setting. So rather than concentrating on the task before me, I got to sift through my camera settings. Regardless, 95% of my images taken during our lesson looked like the featured image in this post.

Going from a less complicated camera (even in manual mode), I’ve found the number of in-camera menu settings and possible adjustments in my X-T20 mind-boggling and at times unintuitive. After a little over a year, I still feel like I don’t yet speak the same language as my camera and while my camera’s 331-page manual is written in English, it isn’t aimed at first-time users who don’t yet know the jargon. Doing anything on-the-fly with good results proves a significant challenge and I spend no small amount of time after the fact researching on the internet.

I realize most of my frustration comes from:

  • A. Not yet understanding my camera beyond the basics, and
  • B. Expecting that I would better understand my camera by this time.

Do I expect to become a technically proficient photographer or continue to see my camera as a means to an artistic end? I think it’s dawning on me that I can’t have one without the other. Sometimes, I am so not smart.

One of these things is not like the other
One of these people is not taking a photo…