Learn to re-eval­u­ate how you use your photo equip­ment and achieve more pro­fes­sional im­ages

Digital Photograper - - Techniques -

Ex­pe­ri­enced pho­tog­ra­phers will most likely be­lieve that they are intimately fa­mil­iar with their cam­era gear and con­sider them­selves an ex­pert in their cho­sen field. since they use their spe­cialised equip­ment for many hun­dreds of hours ev­ery year, it is true that a pro­fes­sional should feel con­fi­dent with the main func­tion­al­ity of the tools of their trade. how­ever, with spe­cial­ity comes rep­e­ti­tion and a rel­a­tively for­mu­laic work strat­egy. Many pros will find them­selves us­ing the same kit and the same set­tings and sys­tem ar­range­ments time and again, with very lit­tle scope to ex­per­i­ment with novel set­ups. This might lead to many fea­tures and func­tions of their kit sim­ply be­ing over­looked.

One of the pri­mary causes of lim­ited suc­cess with a piece of photo gear is a lack of knowl­edge of how best to use it for its in­tended func­tion, which has sev­eral con­se­quences. Firstly it neg­a­tively af­fects the ef­fi­ciency with which the pho­tog­ra­pher uses a prod­uct, which is an im­por­tant con­sid­er­a­tion for a busi­ness where time is of the essence. sec­ondly it lim­its im­age suc­cess – many pho­tos are missed while ad­just­ing set­tings – and can even re­duce im­age tech­ni­cal qual­ity, if equip­ment is im­prop­erly used – such as a re­duc­tion is sharp­ness, an in­crease in im­age noise or ex­po­sure mis­cal­cu­la­tion. Lastly, it can also im­pact on our en­joy­ment of the pho­to­graphic process.

A po­ten­tial so­lu­tion is to look at each area of our kit bag in turn and iden­tify stream­lin­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. The aim of this fea­ture is to ex­plain the key tech­niques we can all apply to en­able a more ef­fi­cient use of our ex­ist­ing kit, and to dis­cuss new skills that we can em­ploy to wi­den our port­fo­lio.

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