Friends often ask me what kind of camera I use. Before I answer them I usually ask them why they want to know and 99% of the time, the reason is that they love my images and want to be able to make images like mine. A lot of the times these same friends have a good, quality DSLR camera similar to the one I shoot with.
The reason for this post is this; the cameras that we have today are 100 times better than most of the film cameras people were using just 10 years ago. The camera doesn’t make the image, the person behind the camera makes the image.
If you want to learn how to use your DSLR to it’s maximum let me give you a few tips.
1. Read your manual. Learn all you can about your camera. Become one with it and it won’t lead you astray.
2. Stop using the pre-programmed modes. Use the “A”, “S”, or “M” modes. These will give you greater control over how your image looks.
3. Read and view professional photographer’s blogs such as Joe McNally, Scott Bourne and Chase Jarvis.
4. Visit my buddy Stephen Zeller’s DSLR Workshop page and watch his tutorials.
5. Get off your butt and shoot. The more images you make, the more you will learn and the better you will become.
For those of you who are wondering. I shoot with a Nikon D300. I usually have either the kit (18-135mm) kit lens attached to it or my 50mm f/1.8. You don’t need all that crazy expensive equipment to make beautiful images.