By request of stupidtom, I present to you this pictorial of photography equipment guaranteed to make people think you know what you’re doing behind the lens, even when you really don’t.
First, get yourself a user-friendly digital camera. Or have your husband buy you one, like I did. Yes, my camera was a gift, and a damn good one. That was about the time that Mark came into his stellar-gift giving time of life. He had learned that the gift of gadgetry makes me way happier than a bunch of stupid flowers or some jewelry.
My camera is a Canon EOS 400D/Digital Rebel XTi.
I won’t bore you with a listing of all the wonderful features. Okay, maybe just a few. This camera has 10 megapixels, a self-timer, tons of auto-modes, a multi-shot function for those fast-action sequence shots. There are too many to list. If you want to know more, you can go here. And Canon has come out with new and improved versions of this camera, but I’m happy with what I’ve got.
Once you have your camera and a standard lens, you might want to add some extra equipment, like a zoom lens.
Extra lenses are expensive. They’ll run at least a few hundred dollars a piece. But they are worth every penny. A nice zoom lens is good for getting shots like this one. The play was at second base and I was sitting way up on a hill behind the first base line.
I also have a macro lens. The macro is great for getting really sharp, detailed close-up shots. This is my favorite kind of photography. I love to go walking around parks and ponds and gardens and find all the detail among the ordinary, everyday stuff. Often, you might find me doing something like this:
to capture shots like these.
You’ll also want to have some necessities like an extra battery,
and a carrying case. Mine is a small back-pack case with room for the camera with a lens and a couple of extra lenses as well as all those little things like filters and cords and such.
OH! And don’t forget the Bible! Your camera should come with an instruction guide, but spend the extra money for a more detailed instruction guide. I think mine was in the twenty-dollar range at Barnes & Noble. These books are great for explaining how to achieve certain effects in a step-by-step manner.
I’ve been told I have an eye for a good photo. Maybe so. And the equipment I have certainly helps. But even if you capture a good shot, there’s no guarantee that your camera settings were just right for a great photo. This is where editing comes in. This is also where I have the least talent and knowledge. I am just not inclined to learn all the ins and outs of contrast and saturation and all that. A lot of people use software such as PhotoShop, but to be honest, the few times I’ve tried to learn how to use it, I was completely lost. My camera came with some nice, basic editing software. But most often, I use a free online service. I store most of my photos on Flickr. You can create an account for free on Flickr, but it gives limited storage. I actually spend the twenty-five dollars a year that it costs to have a Pro account with (seemingly) unlimited storage. Flickr partners up with a photo editing service called Picnik and this is how I edit most of my photos. Maybe someday I’ll learn the finer points of editing, but for now, the basic stuff works well enough for me.
Here are just a few of the hundreds upon hundreds of photos I’ve taken with my camera over the past few years. Some are edited. Many are not.
And if you want to see even more, you can visit my Flickr photostream.
So there you have it. Everything you need to make people think you’re a decent photographer. And if you want to see some truly amazing photos, done by someone who actually knows what she’s doing, go visit my friend Tara.