So you think P on your camera stands for Professional?
I know, I know .. it’s a funny comment that P stands for professional. But somehow it always irks me to the extent that I just can’t suppress my reply. Maybe it’s the purposeful dumbing-down making it seem okay not to want to know more and continually improve. Maybe that’s what gets to me. Still, I think my reply is more cute.
This post got a lot of reaction on Facebook … mostly good, with most people seeing it as humorous. However, some people chose to be offended. There will always be those too.
But if we could have a serious moment and look closely at what I actually said there – I didn’t dismiss shooting in Program mode. I do so at times when the situation warrants. My comment really is a response to the easy and dismissive platitude that is “P is for Professional.” And you may well reply that that in itself is meant as a joke – however, I do think that at some level it perpetuates the “I don’t have to even really bother” mindset.
So if you shoot in Program mode or Aperture Priority when necessary … we don’t really have issues here. It wasn’t directed at you. Breathe.
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