There is a way to get great photos straight out of your camera.... SEE...This photo came straight from my camera without any editing/enhancing.
I've read from some photographers out there that being told "your camera takes nice photos" is a backhanded compliment and I can see why. With all the time and effort I put into my photography whether is be the actual business, taking photos, editing photos, learning my camera, etc....having people think it's my camera that does 'a job well done' makes me as a photographer feel not super warm and fuzzy inside. It's all good though I know it's not meant as an insult.
Now, let me DO say that YES, my camera is good and therefore it does allow me to take great photos but it's because I tell it what to do. You know how republicans say "guns don't kill people. people kill people."? Well to avoid political controversy I will use other analogies. I like the "pencils don't make spelling mistakes", "cars don't drive drunk", "pots and pans don't cook your dinner" etc, etc, etc. That is 98% true for photography. Your camera does not take photos by itself. YOU take the photo. By shooting in Manual, I, you, the photographer tell your camera how you want it to take the photo. Here's why those analogies are only 98% true for photography. While a camera cannot function on it's own, shooting in Auto gives the camera a technological mind of it's own and all you do is press the button.
TOO many people have the misconception that their pictures aren't good because they need a better camera. That's 98% FALSE!!! People need to LEARN their camera to it's fullest in order to get great pictures. I had someone tell me that they have a Canon Rebel but they were going to get a 5D Mark ii so that they can get better pictures. AHHH!!!! What a waste of money if this is just a hobby or if you don't already know what you are doing. If you know your camera in and out and can give someone THREE legit, technical reasons why the "bigger, better" camera is in fact "bigger and better" and how it makes a difference, then by all means, you know your stuff upgrade your camera. If you can't...don't waste your money until you've at least learned. You may be able to say "oh the 5D Mark ii has more megapixels than a Rebel" but do you know WHY more megapixels makes a difference and what it actually does?
Obviously the "bigger, better" cameras DO make a difference (when used correctly) otherwise Canon/Nikon wouldn't make them and photographers who do this professionally wouldn't have them. Also, what a LOT of people don't know is that a large factor of a good photo vs a bad photo is actually your lens!
Brace yourself for some tough love.... It's not your just dslr....it's YOU too!
But I want to help you! Yes, you can find many tutorials on learning your camera online but if you are anything like me (one who learns best visually and by example) then I am doing a workshop for you!!!
Mom's Gonna Snap Workshop
When: Sept. 14th 10am - 5pm
Where: My Home Office (Prosper, TX)
Price: Early Registration (June) - $100/person (Group Rate of 3 or more $75/person)
Regular Registration (July) - $125/person (Group Rate of 3 or more $100/person)
Late Registration (August) - $150/person (Group Rate of 3 or more $125/person)
What: 10am - 3pm
Learn your DSLR - Modes, Format, Focus, Metering, Aperature, ISO, Shutter Speed, etc.
What Settings to Use - How to adjust your settings based on different situations
Hands On - We will take some time to actually get out and photograph. You will watch me hands on and I will tell you every setting I'm changing and different techniques I use.
Photoshop - With the photos we shot THAT day I will show you the basics of Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, their tools, how to use them and then how to basic edit a photo.
Lunch will be provided along with yummy treats and prizes.
Business Basics: 3:30pm - 5pm (Additional $50/person)
This is for those who want to do more than just take better pictures of your kids or family. This is for those who are wanting to start or better their photography business. I will talk about client relations, marketing, contracts, my workflow, organization, resources, etc.
Answers to Possible Questions:
Do I have to be a Mom to attend the "Mom's Gonna Snap" Workshop?
No! I titled it this way because most of the people I know who are wanting to improve their photography to take better photos of their families. This is for those who want to learn how to improve their photography no matter their subject.
What if I already know the basics like aperature, ISO, shutter speed, etc.?
That's AWESOME! While this will all be taught, I will go into depth and more detail about these basics but then dive in a little deeper for those wanting to take their photos the extra mile.
What if I already take amazing photos and/or I'm pretty sure I know more that you?
Then internet High Five to you! This workshop probably isn't for you. I am NO advanced expert and in fact I am still learning myself on advanced techniques.
What do I need to bring?
Youself, your DSLR (any make/model, yes it needs to be a DSLR for this workshop), any lenses you have, a pad of paper w/pen or laptop to take notes. I will have generic notes printed out and ready for you to take home but there might be some things that we talk about or get brought up that aren't in the notes I give you.
What equipment do I need?
You need a DSLR like mentioned above and to really have any editing be applicable to you, I would recommend having at least Photoshop Elements on a computer you own but you don't HAVE to have it because I'm going to show you how to get great photos straight out of the camera.
Here are some examples of what you will learn at this workshop.
SOOC - Straight out of Camera
Here are some examples of my photography shot in auto when I first started and my photography shot in Manual with the exact same family. If I only knew how to properly adjust my settings back then... but I will teach you how at the workshop.
SO...if you would like a spot in the workshop (spots are limited) e-mail me at email@example.com! Registration begins June 1st and ends August 31st. All details and specifics will be e-mailed upon Registration.