Monthly Archives: September 2012

Maybe You Don’t Need That New Camera Gear To Take Better Pictures

“To Buy or Not To Buy,” That Is The Question

I don’t know about anybody else, but I have had “gear envy” more often than I like to admit.

RedHeaded Woodpecker
I did not need an expensive long-range lens to get this picture.. I got the bird to come to me.

I have told myself many times, “If I just had that lens (or new camera) I would be able to take better pictures.. AWESOME pictures!”

It’s really easy to get the “itch” for a new camera or some other piece of photography gear.

And, in my own defense, I like to think that with each piece of camera gear, I have gotten better as a photographer. But, is it because of the gear?

Maybe I have gotten better because I have learned more about the Art of photography rather than the equipment. In fact, I have long been a proponent of the idea that the gear does not make the picture, the photographer makes the picture.

But it sure is nice to be able to have the best camera or lens available, right?

What I have done in my reflections on gear vs craft is to come up with some reasons to put off buying and decide what are the important aspects of each shot.

And I have mentioned it before, but it is an important thought, “A good photographer can get a show-stopping shot using the most expensive camera or a cell phone or even a pin-hole camera.

So let’s take a look at some reasons to not buy the next best piece of camera gear.

Continue reading Maybe You Don’t Need That New Camera Gear To Take Better Pictures

Photography Fun – Tips and Tricks

Photography tips and tricksI have always liked making my images look their best in Photoshop or Picassa or PaintShop Pro.

And, you have no doubt heard the expression, “Photoshop me in,” when someone wants to be part of a picture who was not present when the photo was taken.

So combining these two concepts was a natural for me.

When I came across some videos by a guy who calls himself the Photo Extremist, I was all in for learning some of his tricks.

Here is the first photography “trick” I did.

photography tricks Continue reading Photography Fun – Tips and Tricks

Take Better Pictures Of Flowers – 7 Useful Hints For Better Flower Photos

You Can Learn How To Take Better Pictures Of Flowers

Take Better Pictures of FlowersIf you are anything at all like me, you love to take pictures of nature. It is the handiwork of our Creator. The beauty and variety are amazing.

Each flower is an individual and unique picture. But getting good, sharp pictures does take some knowledge and skill. In fact, if you have the knowledge, the skill kind of falls into place.

So here are a few helpful hints for getting better pictures of flowers. Continue reading Take Better Pictures Of Flowers – 7 Useful Hints For Better Flower Photos