A few months ago, I set up, here on the blog, a sort of survey, asking which software my readers use to edit their photos. I thought it was very interesting to read all these answers and it gave me an idea. 😉
The idea consists in asking you a question, or in challenging you in order to launch some entertaining talks about our habits in photography and to think about our photographical practice.
I start the article and you go on sharing your opinion, your experience and possibly giving advices to others if you want. As a consequence, the real article is yours. It’s in the comments ; that’s why I call that “collaborative articles”. 🙂
Feel free to react to another talk using the “reply” function in the comments.
A few days or weeks after the first article (depending on the activity on the thread), I will write another article as a summary of your replies, with comments excerpts and so on.
I hope you will like the idea. I am really looking forward to read your talk!
Our cameras include a lot of features and knowing it, controlling it, using it is a real challenge for all the photographers we are.
Often, the “how might I set my camera” question go before “what image do I want to shoot” or “which composition would enhance my subjects” issues… And that’s a shame!!… 🙄
Obviously, we need these precious settings, but do you think we really need all of it? Or even a high number of it? Do you think these many settings are so important that it’s OK they may make us forgot to shoot great photos?!
Therefore, the today challenge is… (tadaaaa) …
If you had to keep only 3 settings on your camera, which were they?! 😀
Here are the rules of the challenge :[icon name=”fa-arrow-circle-right”] Obviously, the “on/off switch” and the shutter button are allowed in addition to your chosen settings (exposure and focus are OK if they are controlled by the shutter button). [icon name=”fa-arrow-circle-right”] The settings you don’t choose can be set as YOU want to, but once for all. They are locked settings.
I consider that many camera features, even if they are not really shooting settings (the play button, zooming in a picture to check sharpness etc.), ARE a setting choice, because they make us play with our camera rather than looking at our surroundings and take photos.
Do you want to be able…
to use the shooting mode dial?
to set your shutter speed?
to change your lens?
to set the white balance?
to correct exposure?
to use the manual focus setting?
to adjust the autofocus mode?
to change your focal length with your telephoto lens?
to choose the ISO sensitivity?
to change the picture format?
to choose the aperture?
to change the photo appearance (b&white, colors…)?
To submit a good answer, think about what you would be allow to do with the chosen settings but also what would be forbidden (which settings you are used to use and wouldn’t be available for you this time).
Thank you in advance to take part of this amazing experience!
I hope I will get many replies! 🙂
In you comment, feel free to share you thoughts about the camera settings and to explain if the choice was difficult for you, and why, which were your hesitations and so on.
Thank you to name in the same short sentence the 3 settings you chose as it will be easier for me to manage (for example at the beginning or at the end of your comment). You can also tell us how you decided to set, at first, the camera settings you couldn’t choose but are important to you.
I have already written my own reply and I will share it with you later.
As the French and English comments are separated, feel free to read the French comments, here, if you want to.
Words are great but don’t you think that the better answer to this challenge would be to try it?! 😉
So, yes!! I challenge you to try to use ONLY the 3 settings you chose during… a one hour shooting? a two hours one? The whole day?! That’s how you want!
I am sure you can do it.
If you try it, be sure to come back on the website in order to add a new comment and tell us how it was to follow the challenge!
Was it so SO hard?! Was it liberating?! Did you shoot really great pictures? 😀
Do you think you will want to try this again, to let less the camera monopolize your time and energy during your shootings?
If this experiment is a positive one, perhaps we could suggest to the camera companies to create a three buttons camera!!!! 😆
Thank you in advance for your answers.
I hope you will find this challenging but fun!
Feel free to share this article to help us to get more interesting answers!