It’s a question I’ve been asked many times. And one that I’ve asked, to be honest. When I am asked this question. I always answer. When I ask this question, with few exceptions, (love you, Traci!), I usually get an answer along the lines of, “it isn’t the camera that makes the difference, it’s the photographer.” (Has this ever happened to you?)
And I get it, I do. I know some people really think the only thing you need for a good photo is a good camera. I recently posted photos of my daughter to my Facebook page. Several people asked me what camera I used because “it takes such nice pictures”. They seem surprised that I haven’t changed cameras in a few years, since my photos have improved. The only reason for that is because I make a conscious effort to take a LOT of photos and to keep learning more about photography. The fact is, a camera doesn’t make a photograph anymore than a computer writes a great novel.
The camera is a tool, and some cameras have certain features that you may or may not need. I am interested in upgrading my camera and learning about what’s out there so I can make a good choice. Right now, I am between two camera choices, and so I am asking everyone who has them what the pros and cons are. So I say – go ahead and ask. The worst that can happen is that they don’t tell you.
Which brings me to my next photo tip. Take out your camera and play with it. Even the simplest point and shoots now have settings you can adjust to take better photos. The truth is, some of the photos I have posted with my point and shoot have gotten as much reaction as the ones I take with the DSLR. For example, the truck photo in the field of flowers a few posts back, and the Christmas tree shots back in December. So take out your camera at a time when getting the shot isn’t crucial, and play with those different settings. You will miss a few shots, learn a few things, and hopefully, have some fun in the process.