Why Learning About Photography Rocks!

I don’t tend to do much ‘personal’ posting on the site, as I tend to do more guides/interviews/tips/reviews etc – but I wanted to break that trend today. I’ve been looking back through some of my old photos, and comparing them to my newer ones, and it’s just so apparent how much better my shots have become since starting to learn about photography (and getting a DSLR, too).

So, I wanted to say, if you’re on the fence about whether to go for a DSLR, and start to learn about this great subject, don’t hang around – just go for it.

The biggest reason for me, is the better photos of my family and friends. Now, i’m not saying that my ‘new’ photos are in anyway amazing, jaw-dropping, professional quality etc – because they’re not – but what they are is so much better!

Take, for example, a typical photo of my friends that I used to take, on a compact:

Shot on an old compact; pretty darn awful, huh?

And compare to a much more recent shot, taken with a Canon 500D:

That's more like it!

I’m Not Saying It’s All About The Camera…

…because it’s not at all. You can take fantastic shots on compacts. What I am saying is that buying a DSLR kind of ‘forced my hand’ in that it made me start to learn about photography; I’d made quite a hefty purchase, and I wanted to make sure I was getting the most out of it.

Being able to take better photos of my frends has made every penny, and every second learning, totally worthwhile.

Here’s another embarrassing before and after:

Ewww...(taken on an old compact, with no photography knowledge at all!)

Much better! This was also taken indoors, in lowlight, but a little knowledge (and a DSLR) has improved the shot drastically.

Go For It!

I know it can seem daunting, and I know getting a DSLR is a lot of money, but it’s just so worthwhile. Once you’ve learned some of the basics (which this site can help you with a bit – and you’re also more than welcome to pop over to our Facebook page and ask us a question) then you’ll be taking photos that are that much better that you’ll wonder why you were ever questioning gettting a DSLR at all.

I’m going to leave you with some more photos from a recent trip I took with friends (I’m based in the UK, by the way, and we all decided to go for a great south west holiday; definitely recommend it, there are some great holiday cottages in Devon – perfect for a group of friends looking for something a bit different to London or an 18  – 30′s holiday!).


6 comments

  1. JEANETTE GARNICA /

    I am soooo glad I found your site… my fiance gave me an early wedding gift, a Canon 550D. He knows my love of photography and this was the perfect gift for me! I have been playing with it for the last month and am sooo excited to learn about making great pictures… This post itself has motivated me to learn more about photography… loving your more recent pics… I hope to get as good as you someday.. Thanks! and I will definitely be looking at all your blog posts… any that you think I should start off with?

  2. Hi Jeanette – thanks for leaving a comment; you’re too kind! Really glad you liked this post. The 550D is a great camera, I’m sure you’re going to take some fantastic shots with it. I think some good posts to start off with would be this one on how to blur the background in your photos, this one about how to take photos in lowlight with using a flash, and my work-in-progress series on photography terms explained. Feel free to join us on Facebook and post some of your shots too!

  3. Your pictures look great! I Love them! I am so loving my new DSLR!! I’ve taken about 2000 shots since I got the camera for my b-day on 3/8. I have a happy trigger finger! But I love learning and experimenting! But I really have you to thank because your blog inspired me to not even try a shot on auto!

  4. Thanks, Jessica, that’s really nice of you to say! Glad you’re enjoying your DSLR too; photography is great, isn’t it? :)

  5. It does rock! i just bought a Canon 600D and loving it!!! Nice bokeh! I love this site. I finally understood the concept of aperture here! Favorite pic her: The frisbee shot.

  6. Thanks Fernaando; enjoy your 600D, it’s a fab camera!

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