Getting Started on Photography
Yay to a new series of posts! Clearly it’s going to be all about photography. But beyond that? I’m still trying to figure things out. I considered categorising this under photography tips because that’s where the idea came from — requests for me to share tips for book photography. Yet somehow that doesn’t feel right because I am not an expert photographer.
Then I thought about naming it book photography but that felt somewhat limiting. I want to bring together books and photography but things that I will share will not only be applicable to book photography, even if that will be my main focus. With that, I’m keeping things a little open-ended and will simply stick to photography.
What to Expect
Once a week I plan to share a tip that is useful for book photography. Some tips will be very specific while others will be fairly general. I definitely welcome question submissions via the contact form, comments, tweets or emails. The point is to post something useful from which everyone can learn. Even I expect to learn as I seek answers to questions I might not have answers to myself and I expect this set-up to be fairly laid-back and fun but engaging.
What Do You Think?
Before blindly plunging into this little project of mine, I’d love to hear what you think! Do you have any ideas where this feature might be headed? Is there anything you would especially like to see? I’m all ears!
Tip #1: The Best Camera to Use is the One You Have with You
You can own the most expensive camera in the world yet have no use for it if you keep it on display in a locked glass cabinet.
For the most part, if you own a smartphone, you are already equipped to take photos. Of course, some are better than others but what’s important is capturing them books. Any camera is better than none. Keep using the camera you already own to practice and develop your eye for photography. As you get better, you can consider upgrading.
Although, I do suggest you stick to using digital cameras for bookish photography. Using a film camera is probably left to more advanced photographers. Besides, the point is to share your book photography with fellow book lovers, right? In which case, digital photography is the way to go.
The reason I say it’s more important to develop photography skills before buying a more expensive camera (read DSLR), is that a higher-end camera can be very confusing. I’ve met a lot of people who use their DSLRs like very expensive point-and-shoot cameras. They have no idea what to do beyond the automatic setting, which is a great shame.
In short, make use of the camera you own and carry around to shoot photos of your favourite books because the joy ultimately lies in sharing your love for those books.