Marcia has the same camera I have. (Scroll down a tad.) I'm happy to read that she is as befuddled by it as I am at times - but look at those stunning photos! Who needs the manual? It's a fantastic camera, though it makes me feel unworthy at times, because it is way smarter than I am. I haven't spent much time reading the manual either - I consider RTFM the last step, not the first, and I am generally quite successful with this approach. My approach to new technology is the same as my approach to knitting - if I need to know how to do something and I don't know how, I look up the instructions and I do it. I don't feel compelled to learn it until I need it. If I need to take nighttime photos, I will read that section of the manual before the nighttime photo event. I don't need to know NOW, so I don't care. I've concluded that this is the female approach to many things, and this is why some men think we are not technologically inclined. Most guys I know, upon receiving this camera, would obsessively read the manual and test every setting, and drag the dog outside to take nighttime photos within 48 hours. I will eventually use every function on this camera, but on a "need to use," basis. Until then, I'm content to let it be way smarter than I am and do the work for me.
A link from Daily Kos led me to The Examining Room of Dr. Charles. Wonderful. Read this and
Coolest blogname: Betty Cracker.
One of these days I must fix my sidebar. Maybe later today, when the heat gets to me. I've been thinking about ditching this format entirely and starting over with a fresh, new blog - new name, new everything - but I'm just too damn lazy.