Associate Professor of Art & Photography.
Quick Tips: Getting Started
Digital cameras us an almost unlimited opportunity to practice taking pictures. Two of the best ways to improve your photography is to practice by making lots of photos and to look at as many photographs as you can. Explore the photography of historical masters. Look at successful contemporary photographers. Look at paintings that exhibit a good use of light. This will not only fuel your creativity, but it will also help train your eye. At the same time the practice of taking photos will help you build more confidence with your camera. The only things holding you back is a fully charged battery and space on your memory card.
Camera Quality and Memory Card
Everyone asks me what kind of camera they should buy. These days, the camera you choose will probably be based on budget. You can find a camera costing anywhere between 100 and 4000 dollars. But here is what to look for to get the most for your money.
Camera quality is measured in Megapixels. This unit of measurement refers to the maximum number of pixels (measured in millions) that your camera uses to capture an image. The higher the number of megapixels, the greater clarity, color, and edit-ability the resulting images have. In today’s market point-and-shoot cameras typically range from 12-20 megapixels. You can choose where you fall in terms of cost vs. megapixels.
In order to get the highest potential quality out of your photos, you should always have your camera set on its highest quality capture setting. After the image is made you can always reduce the quality, but you will never be able to increase the quality. Therefore, always capture in high quality. In order to do this, you may need to upgrade your memory card. Get an “extreme” or “ultra” memory card with at least 4 gigabytes of space. In fact, get two so you have a back-up when you find something worth taking a lot of photos of.