Since it is Photography Day, I thought it might be a good idea to put a few tips into this post.
Have the sun behind you when possible. This will help to prevent lens flare and blown highlights.
Framing and exposure
Snapshots of people are OK centred. Open the lens up fairly wide, say around f5.6. This will keep your friend in focus while throwing the background out of focus. You might want to consider turning the camera on it’s side for a nice portrait.
But if you are taking a photo on holiday of someone at a local beauty spot, place your Freida in one third of the photo and the scenery centred in the other two thirds.
Assuming you are using a standard lens, set your f-stop to f22 or higher to get the best depth of field, while keeping an eye on the shutter speed. You don’t want it to drop below 1/125th of a second.
Everyone has a camera in their pocket these days as smart-phone lenses continue to improve. If you want to get really good shots though, you cant do better than a DSLR. You can buy a decent starter camera for around $400-$500. A lot of money to most of us but looked after it will last a long time.
There are professional photographers that are paying $5,000 or more for their camera body and over a thousand dollars for each lens. And they might have quite a few of those.
Some also carry an old school film camera with them. The most popular one I know of is the Pentax K1000. This was a film camera that gained popularity due to its totally manual operation.
No matter the conditions you could always rely on it. Reputed to be “unbreakable” it was also one of the first bayonet mount cameras and Pentax had a huge array of lenses for it as did Tamron and Sigma. It was packaged with a 50mm f1.8 lens that was superb for it sharpness and clarity. I really wish I had kept mine.
Ah well, the benefits of hindsight are great.