general griping & old-man complaining
When I'm in a good mood, I find it humorous. Other days, it slightly irritates me;
How people will spend $800 and up on a fancy-ass DSLR camera, only to leave it on "auto" all the time.
I routinely throw this in my best friend's face - he's a full-on offender. He doesn't know his f-stop from his ISO setting. Yet he carries around a camera that he's easily spent over a grand on after you consider the case and this special flash he bought for it. That's the only setting he ever touches - how much flash to put on the pic. He's endlessly monekying with that one setting.
My own approach is simple; I am a father and 95% of the pics I take are of my kids and family, so I can look back on them years from now and wonder where it all went. I don't need, or want (for storage reasons) massive raw format, gallery-quality images. My personal opinion is that I'm able to get more shots by having the camera in my pocket and not buried in a camera case - so I carry a "point-n-shoot" - Canon SX110. It's just flexible enough that I can get a decent shot with the right settings - it's the perfect compromise, IMO.
But I learned a long time ago to not hold others to my standards. What I see as a very pragmatic and easy decision doesn't apply to what others want.
Yet I can't stop snickering at all the suburban dads carrying around these monstrocities around their neck, without a clue as to how to actually use them. At the very least, you'd think one would spend a weekend surfing the web and learning the basics after they dropped that much cash on a camera...
Thanks for listening.