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Part I: Your Lean, Mean Pixel Machine > Mastering Camera Controls

Chapter 3. Mastering Camera Controls

It’s one of the unfortunate realities of complex mechanical or electronic devices, including digital cameras, that, the more options and features and capabilities a gadget has, the more difficult it is to use. A toaster is easy to use: insert the bread, dial in how light or dark you want it to be toasted, and push down the lever. Few options, no bewildering array of controls, no problems.

Toasters are like point-and-shoot digital cameras, which adhere, for the most part, to George Eastman’s goal in 1888 when he introduced the first handheld Kodak camera. Aiming to make the camera as convenient to use as the pencil, he promised the world, “You press the button, we do the rest.”


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