So, why is this web site called "Better Digital Photo Tips" ?
Before I answer that, let me introduce myself and tell you why you should even care about me or this web site. If you're like most people, you've had a few disappointments with some of the pictures you've taken in the past.
Perhaps you've caught yourself wondering why some people seem to have a knack for taking great photos. You may also might have a question about a specific piece of photography equipment or want to know about a camera accessory.
Don't worry there's still hope. It's never to late to learn. In fact, that's good philosophy to have. Life is a continuous learning experience. I don't know if you found this site accidentally, were actually looking for some digital photo tips or needed some help with choosing digital photography equipment. It is my hope that you will be be glad you did find this site.
If a "Picture is worth a thousand words,"
think how many words and messages you can communicate with your photography.
Photography is a way to communicate with people of all countries and ages throughout the world.
You see my friend, it is my mission to give you some valuable tools for becoming a better digital photographer and understanding cameras and accessories. I am not a professional writer or a professional web designer.
That should become obvious to you as you explore my web site. I am a professional photographer and I truly do have a passion for helping other people.
My best friend calls me Photo TipMan, so I adopted that as a pen name. You can call me a Camera Geek or a Photo Nut. I started my hobby in photography long before personal computers and digital photography were even a pipe dream. When digital photography arrived, I became a Canon camera guy after reading a bunch of Canon camera reviews. Canon Camera Geek
I had a job early on in my career and customers would call me Da Picture Man. I am not sure if I am an expert or not, but I sure have had a lot of experience with cameras and photography equipment over the last 43 years. Do any of these questions apply to you?
1. Do you have a nice new digital camera but your pictures are still not so great?
2. Are you frustrated with how your digital photos come out? Are you tired of making several of the most common photo mistakes?
3. Are you perhaps a little confused about which camera setting to use, or maybe you're getting blurry photos?
This "digital photography tips" site is being written with the idea of educating people in photography by using many photographic illustrations within each of the hundreds of articles. There are many digital photography tips web sites that are full of fluff and don't really give you good, step by step photography tips.
Do you fit into any one of the following groups?
Beginning Photographers looking for basic tips.
Amateurs who want to learn a few more photo tricks and techniques.
Advanced and Professional Photographers who are committed to continuously improving their photography skills and knowledge.
If you're like most people, you'd probably like to make fewer mistakes when taking your photos. Maybe you want to take better photos without having to think hard about how each time you try.
It's time for me to unlock the vault, throw away the key and give you the top-secret digital photo tips. Okay. Sorry, just having a little fun.
But seriously, after 27 years earning a living as a professional photographer and over 43 years of taking photos, it is my intent to share a little. My goal is to help you take better pictures. This web site is dedicated to providing limitless tips for taking digital photography.
Whether you are just beginning photography as a hobby, have already taken online photography courses, or you already are an experienced photographer, this web site is going to help you improve your photography. Just consider me as your digital photography tutor. Read on, my camera-carrying friend.
This photography tips site is growing. It is updated continuously as I write on how to take better photos and give you new articles with tips for taking digital photography. It also is looking a bit better as I learn tips about html and css computer code.
Read this Introduction page first. Then use the tabs at the top to explore and discover all kids of photography tips. Come back often as I will be adding more techniques and tips for taking digital photography.
Book mark this page right now. It will only take you a second. Make it one of your favorites so you can find it easily for new digital photo tips or accessory advice.
On this site you will learn:
The digital photography tips you'll discover:
I am not a professional writer or a professional web designer. You may find improper grammar or a misspelling or two. This web site may not be pretty or fancy, but I promise you it is a great source for you to improve your digital photography. This Take Better Digital Pictures web site is designed to be simple and full of sample photos. It's my goal to help you avoid many of the common photo mistakes that I've made over the years.
My love of photography began when I was only 9 years old. I received an old plastic Kodak camera. I took that camera on a school trip to the zoo. It was such a thrill to get those black and white pictures back from the local printing lab one week later. I could have used some good photo tips back then. Now, with digital photography, it's even better because we can see our photos instantly and learn digital photo tips faster.
It was the beginning of a lifetime of photography for me. It was black and white photography back then and my pictures were not good. I didn't get any photo advice back then. There was no internet to use as source for getting an education in photography. No digital photo tips for me. Things have certainly changed.
I have great childhood memories of learning basic developing and printing in our basement darkroom with my father. I can still to this day remember that unique smell of the "stop bath" and the "fixer." That's my Beseler 23C enlarger pictured on the right.
While I was in college, I tripled the size of my basement darkroom and began learning color printing. I left Engineering School and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Photography.
I've done nature photography, sports photography, commercial photography and am primarily a portrait photographer. I've been involved with several trade organizations. I've read many books and written newsletters on photography. I frequently attend seminars, always learning more tips and techniques..... Why do I tell you this?
I named this site digital photo tips because film cameras are a thing of the past for most photographers. If you still shoot film, you don't need to take better digital photos, but you will still want to learn to avoid photo mistakes.
Many of the digital photography tips are good for film cameras too. Now, just about everyone has a camera phone, point and shoot camera or a digital SLR (digital single lens reflex camera). I've taken my share of blurry photos, underexposed photos and some photos with bad photo composition. I am going to guess that maybe you have too.
This is your online photography course. I will be adding more tips for taking digital photography regularly. So, check back when you get a chance and click around.
You're going to find the answers to your questions and then some extra gems that will surprise you and help you shoot like a pro. So look around. Digital Photo Tips is for your use. Keep your camera with you at all times. Develop a child like curiosity. Take a lot of photos. With digital photography, you can always delete the bad photos. It doesn't cost you a thing. Experience is the greatest teacher of all.
The easiest way to find specific digital photography tips is to use the site map.
I finally added a blog with digital photo tips as well. I'll post when I can.
Keep checking back because I'll be continuing to write more articles...to give you more and more digital photo tips.
Enjoy the digital photo tips on my site!