Never, ever, ever let someone who you don’t know use your fancy DSLR camera. Or rather, never expect great pictures from a random using your camera to take a picture of you and your friend at his gallery exhibit. This will most certainly happen:
don’t we just look so lovely and blurry?!
I tried to explain that it was a fixed focal length lens and that she’d need to be closer to get a good picture. After she moved in closer, she tried to have it in manual focus and well, this is the result. She focused on the art instead of the faces. I then asked her to take another one, making sure it was on AUTO and in AUTO FOCUS and she stood too far away and took about 5 pictures that resemble the one above.
Now, to be far, I should’ve brought my kit lens and not my short lens… but still, I feel like it isn’t that hard, especially when the camera is in AUTO and AUTO FOCUS… and when the owner of the camera is saying, “You’ll have to move closer to get a good picture. No, that doesn’t zoom it in… Don’t move that button up. That puts it in manual focus. Yeah, that button takes the picture.” I just so rarely use my kit lens that I don’t bring it with me to events that I know aren’t going to need it. I’m not going to need to zoom in on anything at an art gallery. I wanted to take a good picture to celebrate my friend.
Anyway, here is the only “good” one of the three of us.
Aside from not getting a nice picture of the three of us, it was a pretty fun event. I love and adore art and even thought about being an art historian for a long, long time.