I still get the one big question from people that I meet, and it is the question that got me started into teaching. No it is not “How much money do you make?” or “Why are you a photographer?”. It is “If you could tell me one thing to improve my photography what would it be?” Wow what a question and not an easy one to answer. But if I have to narrow it down to one thing it would be “Get to know your camera, whatever make or type that you have, COMPLETELY!” Learn the menus, functions, features and how to adjust these without having to think about it. Once you do that you will not be stuck trying to figure out how to adjust or set your camera when you should be taking a picture. Once you do that you will be able to make adjustments on the fly without having a nervous breakdown and once you know how to do that you will get better pictures.
I hear from so many people “If only I knew I could adjust that” or “You can do that with this camera”. Don’t waste your money on new accessories till you are comfortable with the ones that you have and that starts with the camera itself.
Lesson: Take a few minutes with your camera to figure out what all the settings are. Read the manual. If you still are confused come in for a one on one course, I won’t tell anyone that you were confused 🙂