Blog Entry: March 23, 2011
(with additional comments by Park Ranger Renee Rusler)
It's surprising how many people think that simply having an expensive camera and fancy equipment is the key to getting good photographs. In reality, equipment plays a relatively minor (and oftentimes non-existent) role in the quality of your images. My favorite photograph I've ever taken was a shot of Waikiki Beach and the Honolulu skyline at night taken with a $200 point and shoot camera and its won awards in several photo competitions. There are innumerable factors that take precedence over camera quality when it comes to taking good photographs hence the old photographer's adage: the best camera is whichever one you have with you. Here are share some tips on how you can take great photographs even with inexpensive cameras:
Know how to use the camera: I know this sounds vague, but even the cheapest point-and-shoot cameras come with a ton of settings and features. These are there for a reason: because they give you more flexibility and can make your pictures better, so, experiment with them! Read the manual and learn what the buttons do. Most camera features really aren't as hard to understand at it might seem and if you don't understand the manual, then go ahead and try it out for yourself! It's digital after all, you're not wasting any film. While there's no magic setting that will get you great results regardless of the conditions, I can guarantee that you're not going to get very many great shots with the dial glued permanently to the "AUTO" setting.