Aside from the obvious distressing signs of excessive reading of "Amateur Camera" or "Popular Photography" early signs can be identified by astute family by observation. Do you hear your relative using phrases such as:
- shiftable program mode
- creative zones or scene modes (and how many)
- adaptive or evaluative metering modes
- multiple zone (anything really)
- Phase Detect or Contrast Detect
- megapixels (potentially signaling a pre-disposition to pixel peeping)
- Intelligent Contrast Correction
- Intelligent ISO
- and well Intelligent camera anything really...
any one of these symptoms need not be alarming, and may go un-noticed by the unsuspecting family. However repeated mentions over dinner of these types of terms are a warning sign.
Ask the person if they can explain any of the following:
- what is an aperture and what its effect on the photograph is?
- what is a shutter and what does it do?
- what is the significance of shutter speed on an image?
- is there a relationship between shutter and aperture?
- how does a camera focus on the photographic subject?
Indeed if the person responds with a dismissal of the importance of such fundamental elements of photographic control, instead subverting their attention on features, then CFO is at an advanced stage. Statements such as:
- I could never buy a camera that didn't have trainable Face Detect
- no no, you should have put the camera into Portrait Scene mode and activated the "snow scene" feature
- you can change that by putting the camera into "macro scene" which sets everything right
- well, obviously you need to put it in "Sports Mode" to get Artifical Intelligent Servo Tracking ®
The disease is Mnemonic virus which enters the brain via the optic nerve, in the past sources of infection were optical stimulation by an assortment of photographic magazines, but recently a more potent form has been discovered using electronic sources, emanating from a number of www derived sources.
It remains unclear at this point of the disorder can be treated, however suggestions include forcing the sufferer to use a more simple film camera.
However this may not work and the sufferer may secretly obsess over features in private or sublimate the behaviour to the Brass and Leather Syndrome (which causes sufferers to reject cameras made of the horrible plaaastick).
While this may seem a viable option, it does nothing to relieve the distress of the families of the sufferers and in potentially exacerbates the duration of camera setups and impromptu "family snapshots" in front of the tripod (often with a magnesium vintage flash). Under no circumstances should a BLS sufferer to be made aware of cameras such as Tachihara or Ebony (or god help us all Deardorff).
Perhaps the only effective offering is that the family be given appropriate support in dealing with the sufferer, and for them to understand that at this point there may be no cure on the horizon. With much of the worlds top medical facilities engaged in Alzheimer disease research, it will be some time before CFO receives the appropriate attention in the medical arena. Family are advised to keep the sufferer away from sources that would exploit them (such as large camera outlets). Its sad but true that there are only too many companies who knowingly exploit this terrible affliction.