Fun Ways to Broaden Your Camera’s Horizons
Having a digital camera is one thing but using it to its full potential is another. Most people have a camera that they are not even sure how to use and never use it for anything more than simple snapshots. While a compact Olympus digital camera may be perfect for this you may want to push the boundaries on something like a DSLR camera. How can you make the most out of your digital camera?
The main thing to do is to use your camera as often as you can. Here are some other points to consider as well:
- Learn about your specific camera
- Learn about photography in general
- Learn what you want to do with your camera
- Learn how to use attachments
The point is that you have to keep on learning in order to gauge how much use you can get from your camera. Here are some ideas on how you can start your learning as well as have some fun.
Taking photos around your house or neighbourhood may seem a little boring so try and experience some new surroundings. New locations make photographers excited as well as more observant. If you take photos somewhere you visit everyday you probably won’t see any interesting subjects.
Just look at holiday photos and the way people love to take photos whilst on vacation. This is not only to preserve the memory of the holiday but also because the location and experience are new. If you take your camera somewhere new chances are there will be many things you want to capture with your lens.
Taking basic snapshots is very different to trying to capture the personality of friends, family members or even strangers. Taking photos of people will let you see what you can really do with your camera as well as give you some great gifts for people. You might even want to combine a fantastic location with your portrait shots.
Try to capture people doing something they love. It could be something rather simple such as cooking or more complex such as a sport or other activity. Capturing people participating in activities they love will help you understand your camera better as well as the person you are taking photos of.
Once you have figured out your camera and what you can and cannot do with it you will want to get a hold of some attachments for it. The most popular camera attachments are usually flashes followed closely by lens filters. Make a list of what you can’t do with your camera and see if there is an attachment that will let you experiment.
At some point on your learning curve your camera may simply not be enough to suit your ambitions. This is where a complete upgrade comes in. Do not worry if you have learnt everything you know about your current camera as that will simply make it easier when it comes to shopping for an upgrade. You will already have a wish list of features in your mind that you want a new camera to have and you can continue the photographic learning experience!