Thu Mar 17, 2016, 6:52 AM
Q: I WANT TO GET INTO PHOTOGRAPHY, WHAT CAMERA IS THE BEST?
A: First off, there is no such thing as "the best camera". Everybody has different needs, a beginner photographer won't need a camera as advanced as a professional photographer. When you're just starting out, keep in mind a camera often is a huge investment, of a couple hundred euro's/dollars at least. So don't rush into any decisions, take your time to compare camera's and try to pick out one that has what you will need and fits your budget.
If you need some help on picking a camera, we, from PhotographyGuide are very happy to help you. All you have to do, is send us a message.
Q: CANON OR NIKON?
A: Ah, the endless debate about which is better. Let me stop you right there: they are both good. Same goes for Sony, Pentax, Ricoh and the rest of the endless stream of brand-names. It's about preference, and if you're unfamiliar with a brand, go to the store and ask if you are allowed to hold the camera, and maybe shoot on or two pictures to see how it feels and works for you.
If a camera feels good in your hand, chances are you'll use it more than if a camera doesn't feel good in your hand.
Q: CAN I BE A PHOTOGRAPHER WITH MY SMARTPHONE?
A: Yes, you can! In fact, smartphone-photography is something that I have seen grow over the last couple of years. If you want to work like a photographer with your smartphone, it's important you can have control over your photographs, like you would with a camera. If you just want your camera for normal photographs for memories, you'll likely won't need all the fancy mumbo-jumbo. Again, it depends on your preferences which smartphone you'll use if you want to be a smartphone-photographer.
Q: IF I USE THE SAME CAMERA AS PHOTOGRAPHER X, WILL MY PHOTOS BE JUST AS GOOD?
A: This is a question I get all the time, "what camera do you use? I want to take pictures like you!" Getting the same camera as your favourite photographer does not mean you'll instantly be as good as they are. Very likely you'll get a jump with better quality pictures, but, in the end, it's the photographer that makes the photo, the camera only captures it. So no, if you get the same camera as photographer X, you will not be just as good right away. You will be with practice and time.
Q: WHAT DO I NEED TO BECOME A GOOD PHOTOGRAPHER?
A: Well, first off, a camera. There's a lot of debate about what a "good photographer" is. I honestly don't have a definition for you on that, but, what I can tell you is what you'll need to grow in photography.
- An eye for detail
- A camera
- A computer
With these three things, you have a good starting point. And a camera can be any camera, you don't need to go for a DSLR instantly! An eye for detail is definitely a plus, but if you don't have it, you can learn to develop it.Q: DO I HAVE TO EDIT MY PHOTOGRAPHS?
A: Well, nothing is mandatory, but, most of the times, if done right, it will improve your photographs a lot. Editing, like photography, is something you need to learn. I have been through several stages and styles of editing over the years, your editing style often changes with you. One thing I do always aim for is to strengthen the atmosphere of the picture you have taken. So if the picture has soft colours, it's important to keep that in mind in your editing process. With vibrant colours, keep that in mind while you edit. You wouldn't turn a vibrant picture black and white, now would you?
Q: HOW DO I KNOW WHICH SOFTWARE TO USE?
A: This again, depends on your preferences and of course your budget. A lot of people also choose to pirate software, obtain it illegally, and, while the choice is up to you, it's not something I would promote. Software developers work hard on creating all these programs, so it would be rude to just pirate it, which, essentially, is stealing. However, there are a lot of great, free options as well! I am currently working on a list with a lot of these free alternatives, which will be available through my page and PhotographyGuide soon!
Q: WHY DO YOU KEEP TELLING US NOT TO SPEAK NEGATIVELY OF OUR OWN WORK?
A: Your photographs are a product of you. And even though you might not (yet) like them, if you publish them, there is usually a reason for it. Receiving feedback, might be one of those reasons. Feedback helps you learn. But, if you were to write something like "I hate X about this photo" people are very likely to start focussing on X, and judge your photograph based on that. But if you write "I just loooove X about this photo!" people will be more open, and positive about your picture. And before you ask: Yes, I have a lot of pictures of my own that I don't like. But I would never mention that to you, because I want your objective opinion. And chances are, if you point out to me what you like, I'll grow to like my work more.
Q: WHY DO YOU FOCUS ON POSITIVE FEEDBACK IN PhotographyGuide?
A: This is a lovely follow-up for the previous question. In PhotographyGuide we give you positive feedback to help you see the potential in your work, when you don't see that yourself. Even if you think your picture is horrible, or crappy, or whatever you want to call it, I can bet you we will find you something that is good about it, something we like. By giving you this positive feedback, we hope to stimulate you to keep on going and grow in photography.
Q: IF I HAVE A QUESTION, CAN I SEND YOU A MESSAGE AND ASK?
A: By any means, please do! If there is anything photography related, editing related, or even something personal you want to tell me, please do. I'm here for you if you need me, whatever it may be about. I'm also available for just casual chats, if you'd like that. All you have to do is let me know. Send me a message, find me in the chat room, or the forums!
In chat, you can find me in:
#devart / #ThumbHub
In the forum, I often hang out in the photography forum. I don't post a lot- but I do read a lot.
And if you have any questions following this FAQ, do let me know
Q: WHO ELSE IS THERE FOR ME IN PhotographyGuide?
A: For all your general questions, you can talk to my lovely friend Akelamoonstone, or me Yuukon. For all your photography and feedback related questions, you can turn to the lovely JustACapharnaum, AnnaBelial, WillTC and myself!
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I seriously need to rewrite that. It's begging for a good Troll
Thank you for this post. Beautifully put.
How do I know I've become good photographer?*
Well, photography is a thing to do because you enjoy it. It often starts out as a happy and evolves. As long as you keep learning and practicing, you will keep evolving. This is why I don't think there are "good" or "bad" photographers, because no photographer is ever done learning and evolving.
Very nice and helpful journal, well done.
I love the fourth one!!
I love the fourth one!!
This is helpful
Very good FAQ