My camera isn’t a manual DSLR, with enormous control over each and every setting. It’s not a simple point-and-push either, although it can be used that way, if you simply set it to automatic. My camera has controls, including manual focus, that I can use if I choose. When I first got my camera about six years ago, I practised using all its settings. Then I had a year or two break between safaris and various travels, and forgot how to use half of them. Just recently, I rediscovered the manual focus setting, and have enjoyed playing around with that. It helps me ensure that what I’m trying to focus on – especially if I’m using my zoom – is actually in focus.
A happy medium of course, is to choose the setting for the photo I’m taking. I like my “close-up” setting, which I use most frequently for flowers, which I use to make cards. The close-up setting allows me to set to focus, and to blur the background as I please. They call it the “creative blur.” Of course, I can do that with aperture settings too, and sometimes I do, but if I’m lazy, my camera will and does do it for me. As an example, I thought I’d use my “Mali*” flower to show this in action.
Imagine being able to turn a dial, and suddenly find an automatic focus in real life, or a narrow range of focus, with a creative blur background. Imagine what I could create! If only life were as simple, and beautiful, as art.
* Of course, just to confuse you, my Mali flower isn’t in fact a mali flower (mali or ดอกมะลิ which is jasmine), but the flower I use to identify myself on blog comments. I do rather adore it though.