Know your equipment. No excuses.

I am astonished at how many people are not familiar with their own equipment. I am not talking about how to adjust whether your camera adjusts exposure in 1/2 or 1/3 stop increments, I am talking about changing simple settings.

Read. Test. Practice. Rinse, lather and repeat.

Know where the ‘important’ buttons are on your camera.  Know how to use your ancillary equipment like strobes and triggers.  If you have a lighting modifier – put your strobe in it and see what sort of spread and fall off you get at different settings. This is not rocket science, just something that you should do *before* you use it in a shoot.

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Camera Tech Basics – Part 3 – Summary

Should I buy this camera?  Is this a good camera?  How many times do I hear this!

The bottom line is – a camera is just a piece of equipment.  What do you want to do with it – that is a good place to start.  Aside from price (which is not irrelevant, of course) – what are your photographic goals?  I think consumers are winning as far as how great the technology that is available in cameras today.  There are many choices of cameras that can produce stunning images in many situations.
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