Thursday, February 21, 2008

Oy Vey, Mothers! Camera's are for taking and Sharing Pictures

God bless my mom. She's about as caring and loving as they come,
however I just had such a frustrating experience I thought I'd share
it to see if you can relate?

On a whim and because she said she wanted one, I bought her a Canon
Elph 750 still camera that also takes movies. It was delivered four
days ago and she has yet to take a photograph with it! I find that
difficult to accept. My desire to see her finally connect the camera
to the computer (she still has yet to do it with the last camera she
was gifted with 3 years ago!) and make sure the optics and connective
electronics are working. That a person can receive a gift of a new
camera and rather than immediately put the memory card in and take
pictures (she hasn't gotten that far she tells me), she is still
reading the manual (a good thing) without following along with the
camera in her hands.

I explained how sense memory will help her learn the camera but,
first before getting into such nitty gritty, she should take a
picture and upload it to her Mac. Well that caused an argument that
negated any further communication. Mom (who is 88) was rather is
stuck trying to figure out how to set the date. She objected to my
request to fully test the camera.

All one has to do is just put the SD card in, take a picture in
automatic mode, attach the cable to upload the image(s) to her Mac
letting the machine do the rest! Easy! But the procrastinator and
gadget loving technophobe resisted to the point of not listening to
me or responding. End of call which left me less that feeling the
love of seeing her enjoying taking photos and seeing them on the big
screen of her machine and photo frame my sister got her.

So instead of the acceptance of my wisdom and advice, accepting the
loving, caring desire to help her enjoy the camera, she resisted
plugging the camera in and seeing how easy the Mac makes digital
picturing taking and sharing. Her resistance to installing the memory
card and connecting so iPhoto will import the images makes ME CRAZY!
I tell her, its easy. It just works! But alas, Mom is making things
more complicated than they have to be rather than enjoying taking
pictures with the camera?

Its exasperating. I hope she checks it out soon and makes sure that
everything works before waiting too long. That means, charge that
battery, install it and the SD card, press the shutter button, insert
USB cable and connect to Mac and voilà! Mac's iPhoto wakes up and
asks, "Do you want to import the photos?" you click yes, and your done!

But, not my mom. It make be a week (at the rate she's going) before
she attempts to see what the images look like beyond the 3in built-in
screen and let me see her smiling face that alas is six thousand
miles away.

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