My Next Camera

Currently I use a Nikon D5100. I’ve had it for a couple years, and it really has been a great camera. When I first got it I was the limiting factor in our relationship. Any shortcomings in my photos were a result of my lack of ability, not my camera’s. But things change. I’ve learned a lot more about taking pictures, and moved on to trying things that push my camera to its limits. I’ve purchased several lenses over the past couple years, – some that cost more than my camera – but never looked at trading in the d5100. That is, until now.

Nikon announced their model D750 in September, and it really has my camera lust juices flowing. Check out this hands-on video I found:

It looks like it might set me back somewhere between $1500-$2000 to pick one up, and I have no idea where that money is going to come from, but man I want one of these things awful bad. Might be time to start saving my spare change…

Know Your Subject

older couple datingOne thing I’ve come to realize in taking pictures of people it helps if you actually know the person you are photographing. Sure, you can get decent pictures of almost anyone if the lighting and other mechanics are right. But the best pics come when you actually connect with your subject. And I’m not just talking about portraits – I find the same thing true when I take sports photos.

With kids in school I find myself hitting a lot of games with my camera. All the area schools pretty much know me now, and give me free run of the sports fields and gyms. Most of the kids know me too, as I share a lot of the photos I take on social media. I’ve seen many of them play various sports for several seasons now, and I know some of their personality. As a result I know the kind of abilities they have on the field, which ones are likely to have outbursts of emotion, and when I have the best chance of catching that special shot. I’ve also gotten to know which parents go with which kids, so when I see a particular kid make a great play – or get fouled – I know which adult to focus on in the crowd to get the best reaction shot.

Knowledge is power – power to get a great photo.