Locked-camera user here, just regained gold rank before the season end too :3
I remapped my spacebar to "lock/unlock camera" so that even though I play locked most of the time, I can quickly hit unlock if my vision gets obscured and I need to see something. But I hate doing that. It's out of necessity but it's just clunky and annoying to me, I can't stand unlocked camera.
What I'd really love is, instead of having space simply switch my camera from locked/unlocked, I could hit spacebar and reposition the "center" of my locked camera to where my mouse cursor is at the time of click, in relation to my character
Right now locked camera is "your character is always at the center" right? Well I don't want that to be the case all the time, cause I lose vision of stuff, which is why I'm forced to unlock (which I hate) when I lose vision of stuff
As a quote in your original post stated, pretty accurately, what we want is a locked camera that shows us our character AND the action we're interested in at the same time. It's not hard to read our intention if you make it so we can mouseover the action we're interested in and hit a button, to tell you what we want to see.
I want to see more of what's happening south of me, I move my cursor south and hit spacebar, and the game repositions the camera so it shows more of what's south of me (and less of north). Action happening north? I move my cursor near the top of the screen and hit spacebar twice and now I see more north and less south
Just to make sure I'm explaining the idea properly, if I'm using locked camera, and have spacebar as this "recenter locked camera" button, and I move my cursor 500 units left of my champion and hit spacebar, what it should do is make "500 units left of my champion" the new center for locked camera. Then if I quickly need to see what's going on right of me, I can move my cursor over my character (now on the right side of the screen) and doubletap spacebar. The first trap re-centering the camera on my champion (making my cursor now 500 units right of her) and the second tap now making "500 units right of my champion" the new center
That would make me so happy, please do this