Aside from some of the basics of photography such as composition and the use of light, its essential to understand why the pictures you take don't turn out the way you see your subject image with your own eyes. Digital Cameras have some characteristics that make them amazing at capturing what you see but you need to understand how the camera sees the image and how to adjust it beyone auto to get the image YOU want instead of the image the camera THINKS you want. Intro to digital photography will give you all the skills you need to begin your journey in what we think is the one of the greatest creative mediums. Join us on one our days of instruction.
Which Beginner Camera to Buy?+
A friend of my daughter recently asked for some advice on how to get control of a new DSLR that she had recieved as a present. It caused me to take a closer look at the subject today and it underscored a couple of important facts everyone interested in better pictures should know.
The first is that any detachable lens camera is not easy to use. In fact, the lower the price, the more things the manufacturers try to make them do and in the the end the menus and buttons get far too complicated. Without some lessons or seriously following online tutorials you won't have much success. Most people leave them in A (automatic) mode and the camera decides what kind of photo to capture.
That brings me to my second point. If you are going to leave your camera in auto, sticking to your iPhone or other mobile device camera isn't a bad idea. You will have more success faster and you can easily learn all the basic rules of composition and natureal light. Again, some lessons will help but online tutorials will take you a long way.
If you do want to get a DSLR then start with an article like this one. https://digital-photography-school.com/a-beginners-guide-to-buying-a-camera/
If you want to learn more about getting best from your iPhone, here is a good starting point. https://iphonephotographyschool.com/iphone-camera/
This post contains some artistic concepts for your photography. https://iphonephotographyschool.com/iphone-photography-tips/
If you are seriously interested in more instruction, book a lesson with someone who will give you a solid base on which to build. My only caution here is that the camera store lessons are quite innexpensive, for a reason. You want small class sizes and lots of individual instruction.
iphone 6 capture
These Long Days
The longest day of the year is just a couple of weeks away. We are already seeing the effect of the length of the days on the light in the morning and evening. Both dawn and dusk take longer to unfold than they do on those short winter days. Not many of us are dedicated enough to be out there at 4:45 am waiting for the sun to light up the dawn but its worth the effort! In the evenings, the sunset drags out over an hour and with the dust and atmospherics in warm weather, the sunsets can be spectacular. Don't waste this season! Get out there and shoot.
Dawn at Killarney Lodge on Lake of Two Rivers in Algonquin Park
Buy or not to buy a new camera
The best camera is the one you have with you. There is always a temptation to run out and buy the latest one on the market. With DSLRs the real fact is that for the most part, substantial changes are years apart these days and any one of the offerings that you buy from a major manufacturer will last for several years. Eventually it will be worth investing in a new camera body. In the meantime, invest some money in better lenses than the ones the likely came with your camera. They will work with future bodies for many years.
Cell phones are a bit different in that they are progressing rapidly and its worth comparing the images your current phone to those from newest model. The iPhone 6 for example takes wonderful pictures and many of mine were taken on one. The iPhone 7 I use now is not much different in most light. Where it shows its new skill is in low light photography where there is less digital noise in the image. When you see a signifigant gap between what your phone will do and what the newest can accomplish, its time to add photography to your list of reasons for upgrading!
The Edge of a Storm
Sometimes there is a temptation to stay home after you look at the weather and see a stormy forecast. Nobody wants to be out in the rain but I always find that the edge of storms are where the best light and the most dramatic photos can be found. The other day it looked like a full day of rain but there was a short window first thing Sunday morning that looked like the sun would poke out its head for a while. Sure enough, I was near Pakenham's old stone bridge when the sun broke through the clouds just above the horizon and lit up the bridge. The result speaks for itself.
Bright sunny days with no clouds seem like a nice time to be out but they don't provide many opportunities for the best light. No stunning sunrise, no beautiuful sunset and no chance for dramatic clouds. Start to welcome changes in the weather and go look for your light!
Capturing Winter's Whites
Your digital camera is capable of capturing stunning pictures of winter! It's probably the most challenging season in which to shoot. The light is often stunning and capturing the many shades of white and gray is the key. You just need to understand your camera to make it all happen. Saturday, February 4th at 9:00 AM you can learn to master your camera's controls in our introduction to digital photography, Digital Photography 101. If you have one of our gift certificates or want to purchase one of the limited spaces in the day of instruction, sign up on our training_products page! /training_products
Digital Photography 101 October 16th!
The autumn leaves are at their peak and its time to take control of your digital camera and capture the true colours of the season! October 16th at 9:00AM you can learn to master your camera's controls in our introduction to digital photography, Digital Photography 101. If you have one of our gift certificates or want to purchase one of the limited spaces in the day of instruction, sign up on our /training_products page!