Fun: A Photofinish!

• HAVE FUN! If you don’t have fun taking the photo, no one will have fun looking at the photo! I’m serious!
• KEEP IT FUN! If you give too much attention to (and are too uptight while working on) being a successful photographer, you’ll crowd out your fun, kill the spontaneity of your work, and blind your artistic vision. You’ll end up as yet another “clichetographer,” churning out the same old stuff every other pro-wannabe cranks out. Good recipe for failure!
• So what if your camera isn’t the latest and greatest, lacks snob appeal, shoots film or is digital? Do you enjoy the photos you get with it? Perfect! It’s a great camera!
• Don’t blame the camera if the photos are bad. It’s a camera. You’re the photographer.
• Don’t let the camera be the photographer and you just be a “camera-aimer.” No camera’s automation can be as good as what you can achieve with practice.
• Delve into the settings, and tweak everything that affects color accuracy and overall photo quality, like White Balance, Image Mode, Metering Mode, Autofocus Target Select and so on.
• Don’t shoot auto-everything all the time, try manual exposure.
• Use optical filters instead of in-camera digital image filters or software effects.
• Photoshop can’t really save a bad photo, so don’t rely on it. If you get it right in the camera, Photoshop can add that extra something. It’s just like when film photographers use a darkroom to add subtle enhancements to their photos.
• Remember: the more of the photographic process you control, the better the photographs you’ll have.