“I’m not a professional photographer”

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My first taste of birthday cake!

Too often we feel we have to be professional photographers, and get that pose just right, with perfect light and appropriate background, etc. As a scrapper you don’t have to be a perfectionist or a professional. We tend to pull out our camera to memorialize some special occasion or event–like weddings, birthdays, etc. For most of us we use a “point and shoot” type camera–which we pull out for these special events–and “shoot away!”

We have come a long way from the Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera. Thank goodness for the digital era. Photography for most of us couldn’t be easier. Our biggest decision today is how much we want to pay for the camera. The price generally increases with added features, but pixels are the biggest factor. The more pixels your camera has the cleaner more distinct the picture–the greater opportunity to “blow-up” a picture to a larger size.

The best camera for the money will generally have at least 5mp (mega pixels – short for “picture element” a single point in a graphic image) and some sort of telephoto capability. They don’t have to be overly complex, or have a bundle of “extra” features. Memory and battery life are worthy considerations too. The “KISS” (Keep it simple stupid) principle works real well here. What you want is a camera you can easily afford and operate.

Digital cameras allow you to instantly see what your shot looks like. Should you not like the picture you just took, take another one. Take as many shots as you need (or as many as your internal camera memory will allow). Take pictures from different angles, lighting and backgrounds–mix and match.

As a review, a good digital camera will generally not need to have more than 5 mega pixels. You will need enough internal camera memory to allow you to take sufficient pictures to capture your scene. You can download pictures already taken from your camera to your computer. You can also print them directly from a photo printer. Memory capacity can add addtional cost as you increase the amount you have available in your camera. Remember, you can download your photo to a computer file or disk for longer term storage and printing. There are online storage and printing services to help you with these needs–like Kodak and Shutterfly, to name two. A good battery is essential. A lithium battery is preferable because of its recharging capabilities, but again, adds to the expense of the camera. Last of all are design, build and operation functions. These factors have more to do with how you feel about the camera and its ease of use. You should consider what essential built in functions the camera has as well as its size, weight and appearance.

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Now, go snap those shots!!!

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Ron on January 1st, 2009 | File Under Design | No Comments -