Saturday, March 26, 2011

Photo Tip #5 - Can you purchase your way to better photos?

One of the questions I get asked all the time is...How did you get that shot? It's a common thought that because I have good gear, I get good photos. There is a little truth in that, but just a little. Good photos come from knowing how to use your camera and software.

It's kind of like golf. Sure, golf technology has come a long way, so if you are still using 25 year old clubs, you probably will see some improvement as newer models are way more forgiving. That said, if you have a bad swing, you will still play bad golf with awesome golf clubs!

You'd be surprised to know how many people NEVER read their camera manual. Oh...no you wouldn't because you didn't either. LOL! That would be the first place to start. Or...you can just subscribe to my blog and get a few nuggets to practice on each week. :) I'll try my best to break down some simple tips on gear, software, and technique that will help you improve your work.

Some of my favorite photos were captured on cheap "point and shoot" cameras. This first one was taken on the North Shore of Oahu. We were driving along the highway and came across a beach nicknamed, Turtle Beach. Sometimes you are just at the right place at the right time to get a good shot. While walking on the beach, we spotted a giant sea turtle coming ashore. Now turtles are slow movers so I had plenty of time to set up for this shot. I got right up on him with my 5 mega pixel Gateway point-and-shoot, and waited for the wave to hit him, then took the shot. I have just lowered the bar for everyone on camera gear. There is no way you own a worse camera than this. :)

The second shot was taken in Pacific Beach, right in front of the Beach Cottages hotel. We were visiting some friends there and the clouds were looking spectacular at sunset. I ran down to the beach, and set up for this hand-held shot. It's quite common for seagulls to be very active at sunset, so I waited for one to get in my view and pressed the shutter button. Again...the right place at the right time.

So...can you "buy" a better photo game? Well...sort of...but if you just learn to use the camera you have, you can get some great results. Hit the subscribe button on my blog page and let's journey together at improving your photography.

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