For those of you who have liked my Facebook page, you probably saw my post Saturday morning that showed the preview on my DSLR turned off (if you don't follow me there, you should). In the push of a few buttons, I had turned off one of the best features present on modern-day cameras - the ability to see what I had shot instantly. Why take a perfectly good camera back to "primitive" capacities? To see kind of images I can bring home without correcting mistakes that may be present in the field.
I must admit: I didn't take this exercise to the extreme. I took my camera out to downtown and Petco Park for FanFest in AV - aperture priority. For those of you not as familiar, aperture priority allows the photographer to choose the f/ stop and the camera selects a shutter speed to get the "correct" exposure (I use quotation marks because the camera is a computer and computers rarely do what the user wants them to).
It was fun, though. I went to shoot and found some of the struggles to be in aspects of photography often taken for granted. In order to prove this fact, I want to share some of the images that were no good - photos that, had I the chance to see what I had shot, I would have taken over because they were bad. (Note: most of the photos I take are bad; really not very good. I would be surprised if the success rate of shareable images I have exceed 5-10%.) None of these have been edited.
First up: Chad, Krystal and I cruised through downtown prior to (kinda) sneaking into FanFest. We stumbled across a Chinese new year celebration just in time for the party to start. In times of fast movement, it's important to make sure you have the shot. Without being able to see what I had, I walked away with the dragon giving the backside of this 4-way stop sign a sniff.