Quick Tips for Better Photos: #7 You Can Take Great Photos With What You Have

Hey friends, I think it’s safe to say that most of us like to take photos, right?  But I also realize that most people don’t actually want to learn photography, what they want is a few easy tips to take better photos.  So I’m writing this monthly series to help you with that, whether you have an SLR, a point and shoot camera, or even a smartphone.

Have you heard those quotes that go something like “the best camera is the one you have with you” or “it’s not the camera but who’s behind the camera.” I totally agree with those statements.

Years ago I talked to a guy who was constantly buying accessories to go with a camera he had purchased.  Filters, a macro lens, a wide angle lens, a telephoto lens, tripods, bags… Everything.  One day I asked him what he liked to photograph.  He revealed that he hadn’t even taken a picture yet, he was just getting everything he thought he needed.

I suggested that he start shooting before spending money on any more equipment, that he figure out what he loved to photograph and get the gear to support that. Now I’m not discouraging upgrading your equipment or trying different aspects of photography.  I’m just saying you can take a picture right now with whatever you already have.

Instead of focusing on the camera that you don’t have, practice with one you do – work on composition, try photographing at different times of day, get to know the features of your current camera really, really well so when you do upgrade, you’ll be less intimidated.

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This time of year, many of us take tons of photos with family and friends, so don’t hesitate to pick up whatever kind of camera you have to start making memories now.

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