Who ever came up with the idea of manuals? I’m not a book learner and never have been. To sit down with a manual frustrates me. I’m an “on-the-job” learner and I’m ok with that. I’m a visual learner, I want someone to walk me through something, or a video or a class. Well this weekend…that has changed!
You see, a few years back, Brent bought me a new camera. A Nikon D80. It really was too much camera for me at the time, but I loved the feel of it. It felt like a real camera and I loved taking pictures with it. Yet I never have really been able to take it off the auto settings. Oh, a few friends have tried to teach me a thing or two, but mostly I really didn’t even know what they were talking about – like they were speaking a language I didn’t understand. As I continued to complain about my photo’s, Brent’s comments have always been….”You just need to read the manual”. This has never been a motivating comment for me. In fact, I pretty much just want to scream back at him…”YOU READ THE MANUAL!” I know…not a very loving thing to think, but it tells you how I really feel about reading manuals! So, I continued to live with the frustration and knowledge, that my camera was built for something bigger and better than I was allowing.
So what does motivate me? This weekend, I was asked by two families to take their family photo’s. I’ve done this before, even though I know I’m not a professional photographer – I’ve enjoyed the opportunities. Yet, I really wanted to improve on what I had done before. So….I sat down and went on-line to a site where someone was able to walk me through every aspect of my camera. Well…to make a long story short….I LOVE MY CAMERA! I can’t stop showing people all the little tricks I’ve learned. How fun is this? I still have a way to go, but I’m encouraged.
Wow…love the feeling of learning something and seeing the results of that knowledge. Now if I can just put this into my language learning…..but that’s for another day!