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Which Comes First: The Camera or The Photograph

Here is another installment to continue the discussion on questions to ask when buying a camera.

While waiting for a basketball game to start, a man asked me if I could help him set his camera so he could take photographs of the game. It was the same digital SLR body that I was using and he mentioned he picked it because it took more frames per second than another camera body he was considering.

I believe in the proverb, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” So to take advantage of teaching moment I talked with him about some of the ingredients in taking photos of sports such as a high shutter speed and lenses that allow more light into the camera. In response I got a blank look and a statement that his friend had set his camera for him and he just wanted to know if the settings were good enough for him.

I realised I had made an error and should have asked iif he wanted to learn how to use his camera. Instead he just wanted reassurance the settings were good enough to get pictures in the low light of a high school gym.
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