Seems the discussion about where photography is going is getting interesting. I did not want to hijack it, but wanted to relate a funny story about “soccer moms”, or whatever you wish to call them.
A couple of years back I attended a week long school, and at one of the evening meals, which was outdoors, I saw a young lady that I had taken a class with the previous year. It was an advanced class, and she was taking another advanced class, which made it her third year to attend an advanced class by different instructors.
She asked me to take a shot of her, a friend and the instructor. It was getting dark, and I made the shot without changing any settings. I noticed the shutter speed seemed very slow, and told her I wanted to take another shot, and to change the settings so the shutter speed would be fast enough that I would not get any blur , or camera shake. I told her without a tripod I didn’t feel comfortable shooting at any speed under about 1/100 (I am old and shaky). She asked to look at the image on the back of the camera, which I showed her. She said, “It looks sharp to me.”
Well… I replied. “Just in case, let me change the f stop so the shutter speed will be faster.
Her reply, “Don’t make any changes, because I won’t know how to change them back.”
She was a 3rd year advanced student, and does a lot of soccer games and other event photography, for money.
Now, for one more funny comment that I just saw on a forum.
A guy asked about a Yashica 120 film camera, and said he would like to use it but didn’t know about the settings. He also said, “On my digital camera, I just set everything in the middle.”
I don’t know how much photography he does, but I hear similar comments, and those like the young lady in the above anecdote , every time I attend a “professional” convention.
I realize not all new photographers are like this, but it makes me wonder how they can get paid when they don't know shutter speeds and f stops.