Golly Gee Williker


I have figured it out.  Yes, I have conquered Mac Daddy.

*bows to incessant cheers*

My advice to anyone who upgrades is to sit down with both your old and new camera.  Compare the settings between the two.  Not only will you find the settings that are important to you more quickly but then you’ll be set.  You’re new camera will be ready to rock on with it’s big bad self.  Because everything is as it should be for your liking.

I didn’t do this.  I didn’t think to do this.  I’m saving you from weeks of frustration by sharing this with you.

What stumped me?  Evaluative metering.

This setting was the only thing I needed to find and fix on the Mac for me to enjoy it and I didn’t even know it.  I couldn’t figure out for the life of me why every time I focused and moved the frame, the exposure would change, the camera kept metering the light.  My pictures were coming out overexposed and blurry or in an unexplained hue.  Irritated me to no end.

But on Friday afternoon, while I was at my company’s holiday get together, with Mac in my right hand and the 7D manual in my left, I had my “A-ha!” moment.  Even though I was surrounded by my co-workers, I felt like I was sitting alone as the smile crept over my face.  I might have done a jig to celebrate.  It wouldn’t have been out of character.

Evaluative metering.  Concentrates on the active focal point.  No more changing exposures as I do my thing.  Find my focal point.  Focus.  Meter the light at that point.  Set up my frame.  Booyah.  Now I can take my shots the way I took them with the kahuna.  This makes me a very happy girl.

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December 13, 2010 - 9:55 am

Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon - Oh Brooke, I wish I understood a single word of what you said. I am a bad camera owner.

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