Bragging about our expensive mirrorless/DSLR vs a point and shoot

Started Jun 16, 2014 | Discussions thread
photoreddi Veteran Member • Posts: 7,973
Very good advice.

mr moonlight wrote:

Think about your "expensive" mirrorless as you would a Ferrari. Yes, it looks great, but if you don't know how to drive it, you'll end up looking like a fool. A good P&S is like a luxury sedan. Easy to drive, everyone is comfortable, and you never have to worry about speed bumps. If you're going to buy a Ferrari, it's best to learn how, when, and where to drive it. Same thing with your XE1.

With just the camera a few simple tricks would have allowed you to milk out a much better image. Your settings were just fine. Your were limited by your flash sync speed, so ISO200, f18, 1/250 will get the job done. Your flash wasn't giving you enough fill, so take a step or two closer and take a wider shot. The closer you are, the more powerful your flash becomes.

You can also change your positioning. The light is coming a bit from behind but also from right. So instead of having your subjects backlit and facing you dead on with the ocean in the background, have them face more towards the sun. You come up to the rail and frame your shot with your subjects on the right and the beach going off into the distance on the left. Use your flash for a little fill and you're good to go.

Actually, it's excellent advice. The OP (and most people) aren't likely to learn things like this if they're casual shooters even if they shoot for years. They need to pick and choose which threads they read. Contentious, argumentative threads may be more entertaining for some, but they're more like food fights and little is learned from them, especially if you can't tell who knows what they're talking about and who doesn't.

Not referring to you, read good books on different photo topics. Experience helps, but what helps even more is shooting more than is necessary. Not all shots need to count, so practice and test photos and observation is a strong catalyst for experience. If books and web articles aren't very appealing (some people are more visually oriented) video instruction is either free (youtube) or can be very low cost. Once you're beyond the basics, more expensive workshops can improve your photos more than even much more expensive cameras and lenses can. Proficiency with photo editors can also greatly improve your photos. Many of the great film photographers had either favorite labs to do their film processing and to produce their prints, which was yesteryears version of Photoshop. Some had decades long professional relationships with highly skilled personal printers. That would be way out of budget for most people. Anyone can afford to use a good photo editor, but that also takes some effort and experience to become proficient enough to see big improvements.

It's like most other things. If you want to be a good golfer, a really nice, expensive set of clubs isn't enough. It takes practice, lessons, and maybe some books and videos to become a reasonably good golfer. If you don't really care about significantly improving your score but enjoy the game, enjoying the occasional great shot, that's more like using an inexpensive camera that's designed to produce decent (but not optimal) photos most of the time.

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