Strange and Wonderful

Posted on Dec 11, 2010 in Articles About Photography

Matt photographed an amazing Book of Books.

He talks about it a bit here.

There is a story behind this shoot.  And the story is – Matt called me over one day to help him get the settings right on the Canon dSLR which he was using to photograph books on a copy stand for the author.  He wanted to shoot in RAW mode, and just wanted me to set it up for him.

Of course, I have been shooting RAW since the first digital Rebel.  But when I got to the apartment and looked at the back of the camera, I went blank.  I usually set the camera to RAW the first day I get it and never touch that again.  So somehow or other, I had forgotten how to do this very simple task.  And I looked at a few things in the menu – and set it to RAW.

I did a bit of shooting with Matt and let when the shoot was done.  It is, a beautiful book.  When I got home, a call came from Matt saying that he still didn’t see any RAW files on the computer.  Just large JPGS.

Yes. He came by later with the card, and I looked at it and sure enough I had screwed up.  Hard to believe but after years of shooting RAW I hadn’t set the camera menu correctly.  Mea Culpa.

Of course, my excuse is that the menu systems keep changing – but still – no excuse.


  1. Craig Nisnewitz
    December 11, 2010

    Had that “senior moment” a while ago. Saw a deal at B & H for a Nikon D80 body as a refirb. Great price. Wanted a second as a backup. Asked to check out the camera. Couldn’t remember some of the settings even though I had the other one with me. Finally remembered it. Had set the old one and didn’t need to change anything.

  2. Stephen Beay
    December 12, 2010


    I don’t think it’s a ‘senior
    moment’. If my memory serves
    as a young man I lost my keys
    far more frequently than I do

    It’s just when forgetting some-
    thing today we have an excuse!


  3. Lester
    December 12, 2010

    This book looks really interesting, but it has several things going against it. First of all, it’s historical. Today no one is interested in history. Imagery that reflects the culture of a society in the past is relegated to the realm of arcana. Secondly, the price is prohibitive, especially for someone like me who is on a strict budget necessitated by the fixed income of a retiree. Finally, it’s a book, and we all know that books are on their way out as a medium, especially books about books.

    So when Sanctuary Books fails to make the profit it hoped for and the book is released to libraries, I will take it out and enjoy my self for a few weeks.

    If Matt wants to send me a copy as a Christmas gift, I will be thrilled.

  4. Bruce Weber
    December 13, 2010

    Lester, I have a feeling that I can make that happen…

  5. Lester
    December 13, 2010

    You mean there really is a Santa Claus?

    I’ll be finished with my first novel by the spring and guess who I’ll be asking to do the photograph for the cover?

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