2008 has arrived, 2007 seemed to be about 2 weeks long, so let’s hope 2008 takes it’s time and we can make the most of it.
Over the Christmas period you may have been lucky enough to get a new camera, or are about to tackle the January sales and spend your cash on one. Or you may have got a new bit of kit to use with your camera, maybe a tripod, flash, or even a new lens to add to your collection. So now what do you do with it?
For those that got a new camera, you’ll have no doubt taken lots of pictures of the Christmas tree, your relatives, your feet, the dog and anything else that doesn’t run away when you point the lens at them.
I bet most of you just put the batteries in, put the memory card in and snapped away on the camera’s fully automatic setting. Great! It’s so easy to get up and running with a new camera, as they are clever enough to do most things for you, but is it doing the right thing?
The first thing to try is to look at the different camera modes, even the automatic ones like portrait, night time, landscape, sports etc etc these all have their own little icons and your manual, yes, the manual…. you have still got that haven’t you….. will tell you what they are. They are still point and shoot modes, but you will get different results from each one so experiment with those for a while.
Once you have tried those, and more importantly, noticed the differences in your images between each one, then you can move on to more manual settings. But let’s not run before we can walk!
So there you go, that’ll keep all you new camera owners happy for a while, now on to you new camera kit people.
So, you got a tripod for Christmas, what will that do? Well a tripod is a very useful piece of kit. OK, so all it does is keep your camera still when you take a picture, big deal. Well actually it is. The less movement in your camera when you take a picture, the sharper the image should be. It also can help you position the camera at angles that might be a bit awkward otherwise, good for close ups or slightly abstract view points.
So, you got a new camera bag for Christmas, how will that improve my photography? OK, I’ll be honest, a new bag won’t make you take better pictures, but having a better organised bag will make life a lot easier for you and will let you get the right piece of kit quicker so you don’t miss that one in a million shot! So take the opportunity to do a bit of a new year clean of your kit and organise it a bit better.
So, you got a new lens for Christmas, what do I do now? Well, aren’t you lucky, a new lens is a great addition to your kit bag. I’m assuming it will have been something you asked for and not a random gift from a long lost Uncle, so you’ve got it for a purpose. If it’s a telephoto zoom lens you can now explore things at a distance. Capture relatives when they don’t notice you are pointing the camera them, or maybe try getting pictures of birds feeding at the bird table where before you would scare them off by having to get too close. If it’s a wide angle lens, then maybe landscapes are your thing so go and experiment with those vistas and funky converging lines. Just remember to keep it dust free, and when swapping lenses try and do it as quick as possible to avoid dust getting in the camera or the lens.
Wow, that was a long post from what was initially going to be just a Happy New Year message.
Let me know what you got for Christmas or what you have bought in the January sales.