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21 tips for beginners to becoming better photographers

How to become a better photographer

  1. get a decent digital SLR body
  2. get a “fast” 50 mm lens something with an aperture of  f 1.8
  3. get a decent flash with an off-camera sync cord
  4. learn how to use Adobe Lightroom, add Photoshop Elements or the full version Photoshop as your interest develops
  5. shoot both camera and flash on manual
  6. open pictures in photoshop study pictures at 100% for focus accuracy
  7. study your pictures metadata when your picture doesn’t work
  8. visit the myriad online photography websites like strobist.com, cambrideincolour.com, digitalphotographyschool.com, bookmark them
  9. a great tip from good friend Rigo, find a photo you love and try to emulate it whether it’s a pose in a portrait or the lighting. Imitation is the highest form of flattery?
  10. get to know a professional mentor
  11. enter photography contests
  12. invest in good professional level equipment especially lenses
  13. study visual publications like National Geographic, Conde© Nast Traveller
  14. keep a notebook of clippings of your favorite pictures
  15. if you’re shooting digital, learn the ins and outs of your computer’s operating system
  16. pay attention to lighting in the natural world
  17. take photography seminars and classes
  18. have your camera with you at all times
  19. take pictures daily
  20. be humble about your abilities
  21. be willing to share what you know without bragging

New DSLRs Canon 50D and Nikon D90

I just read the new bad boy Canon 50D is due to hit the streets soon. At first glance it appears not that big an improvement. Sort of like when Canon released the 30D a year after the 20D.

They must be figuring they need to do something.

Coincidentally this “arms race” between Nikon and Canon, doesn’t appear to be letting off. Nikon just announced the release of their D90.

I used to get caught up with the latest and greatest. Not so much anymore.

Better to invest my energy in learning new skills whether it’s a photoshop trick, a new recipe that’s easy, quick to fix and nutritious which my kids won’t wrinkle their noses at.

Naturally I speak as someone who’s got priorities. I’m actually more anxiously awaiting the Canon 5D’s replacement.

The Canon 5D is a good buy but it lacks the sensor cleaning capability.
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