Staring Back Into the New Year – 2011

Staring back into the New Year here are a few things to contemplate when it comes to 2011:

1. Why is it that people always ask this question before buying a new camera: “What is the best digital camera for photography?”

Does it surprise you to guess that probably 90% of those who ask this question don’t buy the “best” merely because there’s a high price tag often attached? If you ask five people you might get five different responses. And, since when does spending the most money consistently translate into achieving the best photographs each and every time?

The more money spent often translates into a digital camera that cannot only do the same thing a kazillion different ways but can also accept a bazillion accessories that don’t come cheap. Also, ask yourself if you really want to spend the next year learning about all the features that you may not use or if you’re ready to merely roll up your shirtsleeves and get those great photos?

2. New cameras come out all the time. Eventually yours will be upgraded or replaced. When it does this doesn’t mean you have to go out and buy the latest and greatest. If there’s a certain psychology attached to it put some black photographic tape over the model number and be on your merry way concentrating on the craft instead.

3.  There is always going to be someone who purchased a lot of lenses because he/she can afford them. If one is all you can financially handle right now this may work out to your advantage. One of the best pieces of advice ever given to me was from one of my teachers who said that you’re better off learning what one lens and one camera body can do in one year. The teacher said that by restricting yourself to the idea of “one” you not only stay focused in your compositions but also you keep your mind focused. He was right.

4. There’s a saying that goes, “What can one do when there’s nothing to do?” If there’s nothing to do you can always grab your camera and go. Your camera doesn’t control you. You control the camera. It’s 2011. Get to it! Bring on those award winning photographs!

May 2011 prove to simply be marvelous to you and your photography!

Happy Holidays from Pro Photo Home!