I love my Nikon DSLR camera. I really do. After I first got it I remember Lee saying "awesome, now we will never have to pay for professional photos again!!" ....and really, that is a common thought when you get a "professional" camera.
But if there is one thing I've learned it's that professional photographers aren't "professional" simply because they had the money to buy a big fancy camera. To be a great photographer you have to have an "eye" for it, you scope out great locations and props for clients, you spend hours editing the photos etc. Give a novice photographer the most expensive camera on the market and a professional photographer a $100 point and shoot, and I bet the professional photographer will still take better pics.
Out of everything though, I've decided that *editing* is the key to looking more professional with your photos. I remember the first time I took Raya to our professional photographer for her newborn photos. I caught sight of the pictures the photographer was taking in the digital screen of her camera and almost died---I couldn't believe I was paying big bucks for her to take pictures that looked like snapshots I could do myself. But then the edited photos came back and they were AMAZING. Clearly she knows her way around photoshop well :-)
There is a steep learning curve with DSLR cameras and editing programs. I still shoot in auto on my camera---which means I still ahve some blurry photos, photos with weird coloring, etc. A fancy camera didn't solve that. But I am slowly getting better and also learning how to edit....so every once in awhile I get lucky and end up with a pretty "professional" looking photo :-)
I ordered lightroom the other day and I'm excited to get my hands on it. I went with that over photoshop because I take hundreds of pictures a week...and the benefits of lightroom with organizing photos etc. sold me. I am anxious to try it out and let you all know what I think!
But for now I use a free program called Picasa...you can just download it. I highly recommend it if you are just starting out. It's awesome for editing photos that you just want to use on your blog and such. (If you plan to print the photos, especially large sizes, it decreases the photo quality some....so it's best for using your photos online or making small prints.)
Anyways, here are a couple examples of how editing works wonders!
Here is a snapshot that Lee took of Brielle and I at City Gardens on vacation. Nothing special about this photo. Could have been done on a point and shoot. Clearly not a planned out pose, etc. *But* , once I got my hands on it, cropped it, brightened it, softened it, did black and white, and warmed it up suddenly it w as a photo of Brielle that I would happily hang on my wall.
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*********And don't forgot to read my earlier post today---lots of zoo pictures!***********