You know how on automobiles, the steering wheel looks like a steering wheel and the accelerator and brake pedals look like you expect them to look? Perhaps more importantly, those critical items are pretty much where you expect to find them, right? One may have to look to find the wiper controls or the radio tuning buttons, but the really important things are pretty self evident.
O.K. So why aren’t digital cameras equally obvious and intuitive? True, unlike cars, there’s no safety issue. But it’s interesting how often folks offer to take a photograph of someone, using the subject’s camera, and the first question is: “What button do I push?” Frequently the second question is: “Where do I look?”, unless the oversized screen is staring right at them.
I know this isn’t an earth shattering line of inquiry. But as I thought back over Carrie and Al’s various celebrations, I did notice this recurring theme. And if one can’t ask the odd, niggling question here, well, what’s a blog for?