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The key to these riches lies in cramped manuals, so download a PDF version from the manufacturer’s website and print it large so you can make annotations. To absorb the manual painlessly, turn it into flash cards so that you and your colleagues can test each other. Tossing on the high seas in a trawler is no place to start looking for the sound level control.

Practice all your camera’s functions until it’s second nature. This is your concert instrument: practice till you play like a pro. Never doubt that your camera is capable of serious work, once you’ve learned to work within its limitations (Figure 12-4).


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