Photography is more than a hobby to many shutterbugs. For some, it is a part of life. David Slone, of Like Father, Like Daughter Photography, is one of those individuals. Here he offers tips to new photographers who long to improve their photos.
Q: How long have you been shooting pictures?
David Slone: For as long as I can remember I have been interested in what makes a great photo. Early in my 25-year marriage, my wife and I owned a wedding and event video production company and from there it just turned into other things.
Q: What makes a picture great?
David Slone: There are many factors that play into what makes a photo great. One of the biggest is lighting. Once you master lighting, you’re on your way to becoming a great photographer.
Q: With all the photo editing technology today does anyone really need to be a “good photographer” when we can just fix it later?
David Slone: Yes. You must still be able to recognize the elements of a good picture and implement it in the shot. Nothing beats a great picture right out of the camera.
Q: What are some tips for recognizing the elements in a composition that make it great?
David Slone: When you see a beautiful photo, study it. Decide what makes it so beautiful. Notice where the light comes from and the angle of the camera. Then apply those concepts to your work.
Q: How important is the quality of the camera to a great picture?
David Slone: Somewhat. Perfect pictures can from the cheapest of cameras, though. What’s most important is learning your camera inside and out regardless of the type.
Q: I’m just starting out. How much should I spend on my camera?
David Slone: Begin with a basic, mid-priced device that is easy to use. Save all the bells and whistles for when you’ve progressed some.
Q: How do I know if I’m learning at the right pace? My friend seems to be picking things up faster and taking better pictures and we began learning at the same time.
David Slone: Everyone learns at his or her own pace. It is counterproductive to compare yourself with another photographer. Your journey is a marathon, not a sprint. Take your time and enjoy the journey!