Chris Fedderson — MacroFine Musings
WHAT?! It took me a hundred years to get the settings just right!
I recently sent my camera in for repairs. They fixed what I had broken, cleaned it inside and out, and… gasp!... reset everything to the factory defaults!
I thought that was it. I was done. I’d never be able to get it back to the way I wanted it. I might as well go get a job in fast food.
But I heaved a heavy sigh, and sat down with the manual — again. I’d done this before, hadn’t I, and it hadn’t killed me then, had it?
As it turns out, this really was a good exercise for me. Not to do every other week, or even once a month, for goodness sake, but maybe once a year or once in two years. You can find the menu item in the basic camera settings area of the menu. It’ll probably be called Custom Reset or Factory Defaults or some such wording.
So I’m telling you now: reset your camera to its factory defaults. “B-b-b-but-whyyyy??” you ask. Because:
It's just after the New Year now and what better time than now to start a new chapter, turn over a new leaf, start again from scratch, exercise a do-over, fulfill a resolution, this is your chance for a Second Honeymoon. A second chance to work out all your differences and establish a brand new relationship. OK, so that was a bit melodramatic. But this is a chance to gain a renewed understanding of all the features and functions your camera can provide for you. You may possibly — nay, probably — improve your technique and your Art.
Thank You for visiting,
P.s. Did you do this? What do you think? Are you going to stop reading my lame advice now or did you benefit from it? What did you discover? How are you using your camera differently now? Send me some comments — let’s compare notes!
I am a Virginia-based photographer and gather my images while hiking in parks and natural areas here at home and in the locations I travel to. I also love to visit arboretums and botanic gardens to find unusual and exotic subjects.