Sunday, April 19, 2009

New series! Taking and making great photos

A friend recently complimented me on the photos that I post on the blog. This is very flattering, of course, and I do take care to take and post clear and sharp photos whenever possible. But I'd also like to share some of the tips and tricks I've learned over the years.

I feel that good photography is a combination of knowing your equipment, knowing how to take a good shot, and knowing how to make a decent shot great. These are skills that anyone can learn*. With advancements in compact digital cameras and editing software (some of it is even free), I feel that most people out there already have what it takes to be a great web photographer. *Now I sit back and wait for the hate mail to come in from all the professional photographers who take themselves too seriously or are possessive about their craft...

Anyway Rob suggested I post a series of blog posts on this topic. Some of the subjects I'll be covering:

  • Awesome (and cheap) digital camera options (my personal fav and the camera I use for more than half the photos I post on this blog only costs around $150)
  • Some tips for taking great shots
  • Digital enhancement: Tricks for making a mediocre photo better using software (plus *great* free options for those of you who don't want to spend the cashola on Photoshop)
I hope you will enjoy reading these tips as much as I enjoy writing about them. You might be surprised at how easy it is to get great photos for your house, website, or blog.

Coming soon: Part II, selecting a digital camera


Laura April 19, 2009 at 4:05 PM  

I look forward to any tips you can give me! I love photography but all I know how to do is point and shoot :)

faerie_bel April 19, 2009 at 7:43 PM  

This should be a good series. I'm looking forward to reading it!

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