So life with a new camera goes something like this:
Yesterday lots of pictures taken and most of them discarded, apart from a nice one of Flossie and neighbour's 8-month-old Milo. (Easy to spot which is the boy.)
Weather today wet and gloomy, not encouraging. Camera sits on the desk, unused.
Tonight, ok, let's have a go. Oh.... nothing's happening....
Take the lens cap off. That might help.
Switch the camera on. Oh yes, that helped too.
What else? Where are my specs?
Find specs. Peer at the little dial on the top of the camera. Yes, the flash is off.
What's that little symbol? So many symbols....
Oooh, the screen has a message on it. Autofocus automatically set. That's ok then. Realise room far too dark; put flash on again.
Take photos of large dog in front of the wood burner, looking anaesthetised with heat.
Put photos on computer.
Oh, all blurry.
(Cue pathetic voice) "Tricia! My photos are all blurry, but the camera screen says I was on autofocus."
Tricia (checks camera): "You were on manual focus." The screen lied. My little pocket camera is so much simpler to use. (But doesn't make that satisfying deep CLICK when shutter is pressed....)
Oh. Change to autofocus. Take photos with flash. Complain about hating flash photos. Upload to computer; feel discouraged.
Meantime, anaesthetised dog has fallen off the cushion in front of the fire. Take photos with flash.
Perhaps I should read the instruction booklet. Where have I put the instruction booklet?
Look for instruction booklet, distracting myself by making a cup of tea. Leave camera in kitchen.
Tricia walks through to the room I'm in, holding up the lens cap in a tut-tutting way. I am in trouble for forgetting yet again, in this dusty, pet-hairy house, to put the lens cap back on.
Forget about booklet; decide to watch tv instead. I may be a dimwit with cameras, but I manage to answer some of University Challenge's questions.
Tomorrow I will take this camera out and about with me and practise. If I can answer some of UC's questions, I can learn to work my new camera. Can't I?