The bloke is a reader of manuals ... I am not. I work in the IT world and that cheeky acronym 'RTFM' is frequently chucked at clients calling for help ... well, without the adjective it is! I have been driven to reading manuals when I absolutely cannot figure stuff out: either alone, or by googling the problem, or by annoying other people who probably already know - so, hardly ever! I've had the new camera since Christmas and the manual remains pristine. I imagine this causes the bloke considerable frustration, particularly as he's the one I turn to for help the most, but he's remarkably patient with me.
This weekend, he bought me a new lens for my birthday. Of course, we had to have a little play around with it, so Sunday being a pleasant afternoon, we went off for a touch of landscape photography. I used a different lens first and then when I wanted to do some wide-angle fish-eye stuff, I changed over to my new toy. But horror or all horrors, I simply couldn't get the shutter to work.
I was utterly determined to figure it out for myself and spent a fair bit of time having a surreptitious fiddle; but he spotted what was going on and ambled over to rescue me. For a while, neither of us could work out the problem and were both having a private panic, when he spotted it. I'd not given the lens its final twist into position. I was too busy making sure I didn't drop my present into the lake or get it kicked by the horse alongside me ... and didn't do the basics.
Am I a klutz? Well, let's just say that a dear friend described my daughter as extremely graceful, in quite the most surprised tone of voice ...
I think I feel bad enough to get out that manual.
Are you are reader of manuals? Or do you prefer it all to be intuitive?
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