frank_be: I own a Fuji X10 and I'm actually more disapointed in it's low light AF performance than in the orbs.
I too find the poor auto focus a much more serious issue. I bought the X10 for the nearly non-exixtant shutter lag after prefocus which is a major concern for me. I have a Canon G12 which has terrible lag. I can never catch a facial expression with that camera. The X10 often misses focus wildly, being way out of focus. I am currently using the camera in manual focus mode, prefocusing with the AFL/AEL button. In this mode you can take a series of shots with minimal lag PROVIDING you leave the LCD on which is a drag. Since minimal lag is key to my work I'm willing to work around the other issues.
DonAndre: "The left hemisphere, or L-Mode as it's called in the book, is the objective, rational, and linear thinking part of the pair, and it handles the verbal, written, and number-crunching aspects of life. The right side, or R-Mode, is the subjective, intuitive side, and is the side that processes audio / visual content."
You're basing all your argument on the information of a single book from 30 years ago! That information is completely outdated and all of today's neuroscientists are shaking their head about this. Some even go out to the general public to talk about this and that it's simply not true. I've attended such a series of talks and in the first part she explicitely spoke only about the "difference" between the two brain parts. There is NONE (a.k.a. no significant in science terms)! The brain is symmetric, processing occurs on both parts.
Do the world a favor and stop this whole left-right brain bull***, take the whole article down, contact a neuroscientist and rewrite it.
Whether it comes from brain hemispheres or not, the discussion is about rule-bound, perception vs. rule-free creative thinking and that is a valid discussion.
The picture frame is a great way of introducing composition to students but can it inspire art? Art involves the intervention of the artist, not simple observation. Is it possible that there is a continuum from art to design to kitsch and that this approach falls somewhere between design and kitsch?
Of course all this presumes that composition is your goal, not content.
That book was written by Betty Edwards but I'm sure Betty Thomas would have something right-brained to say about it.