How to help someone take a decent photo with your DSLR

I went to a wedding last weekend and near the end of the reception I snuck out to my car and grabbed my Canon T4i.  I started taking photos of my girlfriend and her friends and everyone was impressed with my “professional” camera.  My DSLR is about 3 years old so it’s not exactly a cutting edge piece of technology.  But everyone else was taking grainy iphone pics so I guess most people have forgotten what real photos are supposed to look like.  Eventually I wanted to get some shots of me and my ladyfriend but our table-mates were completely baffled by my camera’s controls.  No one could grasp the “hold the shutter half-way down to focus and then press it the rest of the way to take a photo” concept.  All of the pictures wound up looking like this:


On the drive home I was thinking about those blurry shots and I was suddenly hit by a moment of clarity.  I came up with a very obvious solution for this problem and I’ll probably be using it for the rest of my life (or at least until the early 2020s when consumer-grade cameras will be equipped with AI that will help everyone take perfect photos.)  So while we wait for the singularity, here’s how you can help anyone take a nice photo of you with your DSLR.

Step 1:  Tell your chosen photographer that your camera is kind of tricky and that you’ll take care of all the settings.  Whatever you do, don’t use the phrase “HUMAN TRIPOD” even though that’s basically what they are in this scenario.

Step 2:  Set the timer on your camera for 10 seconds.

Step 3:  Put your camera in the photographer’s hands.  Tell them not to move it.  Set your focus and hit the shutter.

Step 4:  Run to your place and smile!

I’ve got a Labor Day BBQ on Monday so maybe I’ll bring my camera and put my trick to the test after everyone’s had a few drinks.