So you are trying to figure out if it is time for a new camera, what are some of the things to consider?
I hear so often about people that put all their faith in what Google tells them. If something is wrong they Google it, if they want to know how to do something they Google it and while I do the same thing when I am stuck I do it with a lot of caution. It is not just Google that can be an issue it is any place that offers free information or FREE courses and classes. The other day I listened to a guest on the radio tell about the pitfalls of listening to on-line results with respect to medical diagnoses and how much someone can be messed up by the results. If you want to know how bad it is just Google something like “Red bump on arm” and see the results, anything from a cancerous growth, to a steph infection, to a poisonous spider bite when all it was was a mosquito bite.
Getting to the issue when teaching
Whenever I am teaching I always ask students to bring me their bad images. If I am critiquing work to help improve someones photography I ask to see the unedited images. WHY? Because anyone can luck out and get a great image, or spend enough time in Photoshop to fix an image. But seeing the bad or unedited images will show what a person does most of the time. This is true in other areas as well. I don’t care what you are like when everything is going perfect, but what are you like when things are going bad? You may be a great wedding photographer when the temperature is 20C and there is no wind or bugs, but what are you like in -10C and a 100k wind, or with a bride that is in a miserable mood?
I get many clients that come in asking about prints from slides and negatives. Many have heard that it is impossible to get quality prints without spending a fortune and are just checking before they toss their old slides and negatives. Then I show them some of the slides and negatives that I have scanned and printed and they are shocked.
I get asked a lot how I can stay caught up doing the work that I do? Believe me it is easy to fall behind so for the next few days I will be giving out some tips on staying caught up.
Tip 1 – Don’t put off to tomorrow what you can do today!
I was out walking the dog yesterday and could not believe how hot the sun was. A good sign that spring is coming and with spring the birds. I love the spring birds as they are in good health and their colors are starting to enhance so what better time for a bird course.
This year I have added a full day with (6 hours) of shooting.
To help break up winter lets looks at some strange things that happen in the photography world! If you know me you will know one of my sayings is ‘There are no stupid questions” but sometimes people say things that cannot be explained as being anything other than really strange. A couple weeks ago another photographer stopped in and we got discussing some of the strange things that people have said over the years. Seeing that it is so cold outside here are a few laughs to warm you up….
One of the questions that always comes up when I am teaching is “Do I use JPEG or RAW for shooting images in”? There is sooooo much information out there and most of it is either slightly off or very misleading.
Here is a quick rundown of the differences, If you have any additional questions feel free to ask!
So to start what is the difference between JPEG & RAW?
Many moons ago I managed a photo lab that also had a slide processor in it. Back in those days some of my clients were the top shooters in the world for nature, ski and commercial magazines. It got me to start shooting slides but truly I was never a slide shooter, it was just not enjoyable for me because to get great prints was a pain. If done correctly prints were amazing but they were also expensive to get them done right and not many people did them properly. The thing that I LOVED about slides was that you could hold your “picture” with your fingers and it was still safe. I still find handling a slide enjoyable and I still love the look but also happy that I don’t have to shoot or process them.
“Tops tips for shooting like a pro” or (my favorite) “Short cuts to shoot like a pro”.
The headings seems to be everywhere this time of year, and they are all promoting the same thing – shortcuts to shooting like a pro. Well sorry to break this to you but there are no shortcuts, it is the same for everyone…shoot…shoot…shoot!!
I read some of the tips these articles give out and they are all the same – if you do this or do that you are shooting like a pro. Some go as far to say buy an expensive camera or a lens and you are shooting like a pro, others say you need to use specific settings.
Well I can give you one tip to shoot like a pro……. go out and shoot and make mistakes. You will learn, grow and your photography will get better. Do that enough and you will shoot like a pro!!