Canon camera knows ladies like it soft

Posted at 9:53 AM Jan 06, 2010

By Andrea Grimes

A photographer friend in New York City sends along a bit of sly sexism found in the manual for the popular Canon 7D camera (courtesy, he says, of yet another photog). Check out the description of the portrait setting.

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"For nice skin tones. The image looks softer. Effective for close-ups of women or children." But apparently ineffective for photos of men? And old people? Or maybe it's implying we don't want close-ups of them, anyway?


But one thing we know for sure: ladies need to look pretty and soft, and you should definitely use the portrait mode to make sure this happens. And, on the upside, at least it's encouraging close-ups of children and not the Pedo in the Park Mode for clear, soft, long-range photos of kids.

Says my friend: "I think they should also have a Man Mode that adds a hardy beard and a Coors Light to every photo with a dude."

Comments

Paul said:

Abstract ( : Sharp lines of contrast)
For shots of men. The lines in an image are more apparent. Effective for topless shots in the bathroom while holding a Keystone Light and wearing your hat backwards.
By changing the [Color tone] (p.66), you can edit out the fake tan.

Cubist ( : Lens remains on the camera)
For shots of old people. Picture makes little to no sense. Effective for giving the elderly a reason to complain that the new-fangled camera is too complicated.
By wearing [Ear plugs] (p.74), it is possible to survive listening to the elderly complain for 2 - 3 hours.

Orangutan said:

This is new behavior on Canon's part, I just checked my beloved Rebel XT's manual, and there's nothing of the sort. =/

deadlytoque said:

I just got a Rebel XTi for my birthday, and mine definitely has that line. I remember it pretty clearly since it's only been a few days.

Pete said:

If you like soft focus effecting you then you're either Kenny Rogers or an actor in a douche commercial. Basically the same deal there.

Natte said:

It's in the EOS 5D Mark II too. It really pissed me off.

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