I agree with Longshadow: the comment was in poor taste but a long ways from "hate speech." I wonder how many of the posters before Jerryc41 quoted the posting in reference even read it, or if they reacted only to the initial categorization as anti-semitic and hate speech. Yes, hate speech and even lesser put-downs are deplorable, but neither is it helpful to find anti-anything when it was not intended--and the comment in question did use an emoticon to show he was not being serious.
I'm making this comment and then ignoring this thread--so don't bother with flaming responses, I'll never see them!
I've had my SX-60 linked to a smartphone and tablet since August, but did have some trouble initially. As I recall, it seemed to be sensitive to which device (camera or phone) was activated first. Once I had it linked, though, it worked well, allowing me to back up my photos on an Alaska cruise without a computer.
I would only have been willing to hold it until she knew she was going on the trip--not until you returned--and even then be sure to deposit it in time for it to clear before your group left. Or, as others have suggested, cash the check and issue a refund if she couldn't go (in accord with your refund policy--perhaps refund a reducing percentage as the refund request got closer to the departure date). Her request to hold the check until after she had taken the trip was unreasonable, and should have been a red flag. I'll bet it will be a big red flag to you if this happens again!
Nope, it was a download when I purchased it. Would I be able to move it without the CD?
If you still have the download of the program (might be in your Download folder), you should be able to install from that file unless the old program is not compatible with your current OS. As Jak86094 pointed out, though, consider the long-term cost of the program (including the learning curve of any new program!), not just the monthly charge.
I also own an SX-60, and noticed that the responses are discussing two different features. Since you are seeing the last picture taken in the monitor, you have gotten into Playback Mode (button 11 on the diagram in the manual, reprinted above by 47grayfox), but you should also be seeing that in the viewfinder. If that is the case, simply press the Playback button again or press the shutter release part-way down. If you are seeing a live shot through the viewfinder while the monitor is in playback mode, or if neither of those actions releases the playback mode, your camera may be malfunctioning and you should try resetting it to factory default settings.
There are two ways to switch between monitor and viewfinder viewing: Open the articulated monitor show that the monitor side shows to activate it and deactivate the viewfinder, or press the "down" button (#19). The latter takes two presses of the button to move from one to the other since it also activates or deactivates the information shown on the screen.
Also note that the display must be set to the monitor for opening and closing it to redirect the image; if you have used the Down button (#19) to send the image to the eyepiece, opening the monitor will not move the image to it.
Since you said this is your first digital camera, I'll add a few other thoughts about the camera after using it for two trips and some nearby shooting.The SX60 is a good all-around camera for casual photographers who want the option of a long zoom (but steady the camera with a tripod or monopod, or by resting it on or leaning it against a stable surface, for long-zoom shots). My major complaint with it is that it can have trouble capturing focus, so it's important to learn to fix the focus by pressing the shutter release half-way down, then moving the camera to adjust the composition before pressing the rest of the way--this can be a little tricky since the shutter release seems to be rather sensitive.
Beyond that, the best thing is to remember that it costs nothing but your time to take digital shots, so go out and shoot a lot, and experiment with burst mode, even when taking candid and casual portrait shots. But mostly, have fun!
Can they be eaten?
Most mushrooms with fins on the bottom (rather than a sponge-like texture) are poisonous in some degree, and most with bright red tops are also poisonous. I would just admire these, not try to eat them.
I was at a "Parade of Pianos" concert this weekend with two photographers moving around the audience and even the stage area. One appeared to be using a DSLR, the other mirrorless, but both had loud (for the setting) shutter sounds. That was certainly a setting in which their cameras should have been silenced as much as possible. Their movement was bad enough, but the shutter sounds were very distracting during the piano solos just added to the distractions they caused.
Another vote for the B&W. I like the rocks to the left of the waterfall in the color picture, but find the large areas of moss on the right of the photo and the dull colors above the waterfall to be very distracting. The B&W draws more attention to the water flows.
I'm taking a 7-day Princess Alaska Cruise with 3-day land add-on next month, and probably moderate-level in number of shots taken--probably 200-500 per day, depending on what's happening, but I know i will be able to delete many of them each evening. Because I have them, I'm taking 1-16 GB, 2-32 GB, and 1 64 GB SD card for my Canon SX60. I may shoot jpg-only for some well-lit casual shots, but mostly RAW+jpg. Since I have several SD cards, I'll probably use one of the 32 GB cards for onboard shots, the other for excursions and the land add-on, expanding to the others if I fill either of the first two. I don't really expect to use the 64 GB at all, but I'd rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it--and it doesn't take up much room or weight in my camera bag! I'm not taking a computer so I don't plan to back photos up, except to use wi-fi to transfer some jpg's to my phone (another 64 GB chip) to share on the trip on a slightly larger screen.
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What jumped out at me is that the camera was not level for some of the photos--especially the interior shot 0163, and to a lesser extent some of the exterior shots (e.g., 0019, 1002). Sometimes perspective can make a level shot look slightly off if there is no purely horizontal line (such as a lake-meets-sky horizon), so use your visual judgement as well as a bubble level.
Even when a viewer is not consciously aware that a picture is not level, there often is a subconscious negative reaction which will turn them off to the house you pictured, so this can be very important
I find the white roses in the B&W to be distracting--their brightness attracts the eye away from the person. Perhaps they could be toned down a bit? I think the B&W would be the more striking then.
A lot of views that seem to filter into two views:
1) Take your time and limit the number of shots you take, or come home with, to learn patience and composition, or
2) Take a lot of shots and delete most of them later.
I have a slightly different approach. I am a casual amateur photographer, still in the process of moving from a "snapshotter" to a more serious photographer. I can always see something in the shot when I download to my computer that could have been improved (less clutter from a different angle or depth of field, better lighting from a different angle or EV setting, etc.). Now each time I compose a shot, if I have time I try to remember what I didn't like about earlier shots in PP and take a few seconds to look at the image in the EVF or on the screen more critically, thinking of how I will view it in PP. Then I shoot a number of subtly different shots, giving me more opportunities to consider the differences when I have more time, learning even more about composition to apply on my next outing. I'm not at the point where I delete half or more of my shots, but thinking about the posts in this thread, shooting with that in mind as an objective could be a good approach--worth trying on a future outing.
Digital allows amateurs to take the same attitude that many professionals have always taken: take lots of shots, composing each carefully if you have the time, recognizing that only 1 in 10 may be a keeper, perhaps as few as 1 out of 100 or 1,000 may be a "great" shot--but better to take plenty and delete most than to miss that one great shot.
Because NONE of the Canon cameras will do this. They simply control everything including which picture style and the format of the picture. They will always be jpg in full auto mode.
But you are correct that in some of the other auto modes such as Av or Tv you can choose raw and I do. I actually rarely shoot in full manual. About the only time I do that is when shooting panoramas so that the exposure is steady across the entire spectrum of pictures.
I shoot in "P" mode, RAW-only or RAW+jpg, most of the time, occasionally using A or T for specific effects. Manual can be best with a technically-knowledgable photographer who has the time to set up the shutter speed and aperture, but--as others have noted--is likely to result in lost shots when rapid reactions are needed. (disclosure: I'm a pretty casual amateur photographer.)
One poster stated there is no such thing as "semi-auto" shots. I think this is unnecessary semantic-purism: I consider my shooting options as Full-Auto, Semi-Auto (P, A, S), and Manual. Using the term semi-automatic makes it easier to distinguish between P-A-S and Auto modes, and seems quite descriptive to me.
I can’t believe people still insist on starting with film. There is zero logic in that.
I agree. One of my grandsons took photography in high school and I was amazed to find that they started with film. Better, IMO, to learn to get a "photographer's eye" and learn composition first with a Digital in Auto or Program mode, then move on to controlling exposure and other more technical aspects. Film can be taught as an advanced class for those who are interested, but digital post-processing is probably more important today, and more interesting to the students.
When I studied Accounting in college in the 1960's we learned to keep manual journals ledgers, but no one would think of doing that in an introductory class. Why should photography students be stuck with older, more labor-intensive technology.
I'm sure not everyone will agree with this, but I'll bet it would get and keep a lot more students interested in photography!
But we're drifting off -topic. Today's (May 28) UHH digest also had a post from another member, jonfrei, seeking used equipment for a home-schooling co-op. Hopefully the OP saw that--and anyone else with unused equipment who may want to help.