Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

In this section I answer some of the questions I have received.  There are a variety of ways to contact me on the contact page on the menu above.  Please also take some time to sign my guestbook.

 

My camera takes blurry photos, and I want to upgrade to a DSLR.  Which one should I get?

With today's advancement in technology, there are very few wrong choices when it comes to purchasing a digital camera of any type.  Except for some low-end budget models and camera phones, most of the image quality comes from technique, patience and practice.

To help you with your decision, take this DSLR or Digicam quiz.  If you were looking hard at minute differences in imaging quality, a DSLR might be for you.  However, if they all looked fairly decent, then, perhaps improving your technique with your current digicam might be more beneficial.

I often hear of people buying a DSLR, thinking it will magically improve their technique.  Turns out they have the same issues they were having before - they were simply more frustrated at this point, as they have just made a significant cash outlay.

The difference in imaging quality between a DSLR and a digicam is dependent on several factors.  Use a cheap lense on a DSLR, and chances are that a prosumer (high-end) camera will get better images.  A prosumer digicam can offer image quality and responsiveness that rivals entry-level DSLRs, in a format that is compact and easy to use.  The most significant difference between the digicams and DSLRs is the flexibility and advanced options that DSLRs offer.

Evaluate your shooting style, determine your needs and which aspects of the camera are most important to you, and use that information to help you decide which camera is right for you.

 

Why are you so helpful?  Aren't you afraid that people are going to become so good at photography that they won't need your services?

Well, to answer the first part of your question, I'm helpful because I enjoy helping other people.  While in college, I was asked a similar question:  "Why do you want to help me, aren't you afraid I'll outscore you and throw the curve?"  The answer is simple:  If you are to do better than I can, then it simply shows you have greater potential than me.  I would be honored that I was able to help you realize your potential and get you on the path to greater learning.

In answer to the second part of your query, I'm not concerned about losing prospective business, as I am a photographer, and am artist by nature.  I find my satisfaction when people view my work and are moved by it.  Besides, not everyone is interested in photography.  Just like a mechanic, fixing a car is actually pretty simple (I've done extensive auto repair work while working my way through college.  My tight budget and clunker car necessitated it).  However, it is a lot of work, and I respect auto mechanics who do this as a career.  Those who are not interested in learning about photography and just want great prints still have the option to hire me.

 

Why do all this work with your lessons and then offer it free for the entire world?  You should publish it as a book and make money.

Even though I'm a photographer and don't make a lot of money, I'd rather have everyone be able to benefit from my work.  As such, I offer it free of charge or obligation.  I feel everyone should realize their creative potential as it fuels innovation and new ideas.

If you found the information helpful and are compelled to make a donation, regardless how small, I will gladly accept your graciousness.

 

Any more questions?

Feel free to email me and I will do my best to respond comprehensively and in a timely manner.

 

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