Before You Snap

March 21, 2013 in Behind the Lens by Amanda


people who call themselves photographers every time they post a picture to Instagram with their iPhone

Every photographer has reached a point where they snap a little. Well, besides snapping a picture, I mean – which they of course do a lot of. We snap because of how easy our job looks. Which I suppose is pretty understandable because the concept of simply pushing a button is what brings our art into existence, but that’s just it … we are bringing art into existence. And that’s exactly what makes our job not so easy peezy. There are two main attributes to photography: the camera and the photographer. You clearly can’t have one without the other. You can have the best camera and high tech equipment in the world, but if you lack the knowledge of how to use it and the vision to create something with it then it’s all for nothing. I’d venture to say nearly every single person owns or has access to a camera of some sort – especially since you can’t buy a phone without one these days. Not to mention, everyone has moments they want to capture for them to hold onto forever and everyone knows how to push a button, but there’s a lot more to it then that and this information is what separates the photographer from the amateur.

Some people are born with an eye for photography, like myself. Everything came naturally to me and I was doing these things and understood them before I even knew what they were called. I don’t claim to be an expert seeing as how photography is a vast ocean of information I’ve only just begun dipping my toes into, but numerous awards and accolades for my work do mean I know enough about what I’m doing to, if nothing else, fool people into thinking I’m talented. Not everyone can be a photographer and as hard as you try things just may not click … and that’s okay. Not everyone is meant to be an artist just like Simon Cowell will tell you not everyone is meant to be a singer. However, I’m going to reveal to you the secrets of how to get a better image so that if that’s the case you can maybe fool someone into thinking you know what you’re doing. By at least trying these techniques, I can guarantee you’ll see an improvement and you’ll have the best family photos that even your relative who’s a photographer might start feeling jealous of.

And just like that my little photography series commences: Behind the Lens. This series isn’t necessarily for the photographer although you may learn some new things along the way, but it’s for those who aren’t artists, yet want to capture the beauty of life God has so richly blessed them with. I’m not going into extensive detail about how to be a photographer because if I revealed all of my secrets to you I’d be out of a job, but at least now you’ll be thinking about the picture you’re going to take before you snap and I’ll live peacefully knowing there are less blurry pictures of food in my Instagram feed.

I’ll leave you with my very first tip which is actually painfully simple and obvious, but is sadly always either forgotten about or ignored. Read your camera manual and learn the settings and features of your camera inside out. Your cammy wants to be your best friend … so get to know it and spend time with it which means shoot, shoot, shoot! Practice makes perfect.

What are you still doing here? Don’t you know how fast new camera models come out? You don’t have all the time in the world to get to know your bestie!

xo Amanda