Generally I am pretty good with electronics. I know how to program the DVR and VCR, I can set the alarm clock, program the GPS and generally care for my computer, modem, virus scan etc. However, I got a new camera and it is just confounding me. My whole life of filme consisted of manual cameras, and I've never had auto-anything on a camera. But with digital it just doesn't work that way. Light meters? Bah!
So yesterday I thought I was getting some great shots at Governor's Island, when in fact it turns out I had, at some point during the day when I thought I was changing the aperture, instead I had accidentally adjusted the light compensation to overexpose everything. When you are out in the bright sun, it is impossible to see on the tiny little screen that things aren't working properly.
In fact I did notice that the camera was telling me about a lot of overexposed skies, but I thought it was because of how bright it was compared to the main subject. I can't tell the difference between normal variations and significant ones. Lesson learned.
What is most screwy about this adjustment is that the camera remembers it forever, even after it is shut off and/or other dials are moved around. Sigh...
Any suggestions on avoiding such disasters are appreciated.