Good Cameras Can Take Bad Photos

“I would love to be a better photographer… if only I had a better camera.” This is a comment I hear every day in my gallery. What many people don’t understand is that the type of camera you use is not the key to improving your photography. — Andrew Goodall

“Day Sixty Eight” captured by Dustin Diaz

The truth is, you can take better photos no matter what sort of camera you have. Digital cameras have become so advanced that almost all cameras now have aperture and shutter speed settings, not to mention amazingly powerful optical zoom lenses. These are features that, until very recently, were only available on DSLR cameras. So if you want to take better photos, the features are right there in front of you. All you have to do is take the time to learn how to use them.

“PhotoWalk” captured by Vincent Miao

To take better photos, start with the manual that came with your camera. It will tell you how to operate the major settings, although it may not be so good at explaining what they are for. Then find the information you need to understand how those settings will help you take better photos. There are courses, workshops, books and e-books that will tell you what you need to know.

Photo by Joao Santos; ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/400-second exposure.

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Good Cameras Can Take Bad Photos
by Andrew Goodall
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BDM’s Series: The Complete Photography Manual 2018
Discover how to push your digital camera skills to the limit! There has never been a better time to learn photography. Imaging technology has come on in leaps and bounds in the space of a few short years, and to be able to get the best out of your camera, you need a good understanding of the fundamentals. Within the pages of this guide our team of professional photographers will take you through our comprehensive guide to becoming a far better photographer. 100% unofficial.

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BDM’s Photography User Guides: BDM’s Nikon Camera Manual 2018

There has never been a better time to be a digital photographer. The equipment available is so diverse it can be a bit overwhelming though. If you are looking to upgrade your camera or take your photography to the next level, then this manual is for you. It has been designed to introduce you to the Nikon range of compact cameras, DSLRs, lenses and accessories, with clear, concise, no-nonsense information to help you choose what is right for you.
Your choice
This manual contains fully illustrated guides to some of the best camera equipment that Nikon produce. If you are after a new compact camera or want to take the next step and move up to a DSLR, we show you the options available to help you make a better informed decision about what is right for you.
Lenses and more
A good camera is only part of the story. Once you’ve decided on that, you’re going to need lenses and more. Whether you have an APS-C cropped sensor camera or a new full-frame model, we show you a great selection of lenses that will do your new camera proud. Top that with the latest lighting solutions and you are all set.
Shoot like a pro
To round out this manual, we have a series of technical guides on the basics of camera craft, as well as some handy hints and tips on how to improve your photography. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, we also have a series of easy-to-follow photographic projects to really get you shooting like a professional.

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BDM’s Photography User Guides: BDM’s Nikon Camera Manual 2018
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The Canon Camera Manual 2017

Overview: Canon have become one of the leading developers of imaging technology since their humble origins as an optics manufacturer in 1933. They now boast a class leading range of cameras, lenses and accessories that are used by amateurs and professionals the world over. If you are looking to dip your toe into the world of photography, or you are interested in upgrading, then this manual has a wealth of information on the range available, to help you make a better informed choice as to what is right for you.

Get informed
The range of digital cameras, lenses and accessories available is huge and can be confusing. This can often put a lot of people off. We’ve compiled a guide that is designed to introduce you to the Canon range and break it down into sections that outline the main camera and lens types with at a glance specifications to help.
Essential camera craft
Our illustrated and easy to follow guides can help you hone your camera craft. Understand your camera’s capabilities better and learn more about aperture, shutter speed, ISO settings and metering. We also have a multitude of hints and tips on a varied number of subjects, to really get you inspired; and then go out and take better photos.
Creative photography projects
Do you want to learn how to photograph your pets, or understand more about flash lighting and portrait photography? We’ve got everything you need in our comprehensive creative photography section that covers a wide range of topics. Our guides have been compiled by professional photographers and can take you beyond what you thought possible.
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The Canon Camera Manual 2017
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