Introduction

Let me say that I am not a professional photographer, nor do I use professional  equipment (these statements will become obvious as I post articles here) but I do like taking photographs and I use a point and shoot digital camera. I take photographs for my own enjoyment and what I want to share with everyone is that taking pictures can be fun and a creative outlet.

I don’t have the time or inclination to spend hours reading photography books (although I have read some) or taking courses and nor do I want to spend a vast amount of money on camera equipment. I’m happy to recognize my limitations and just get out there and enjoy finding things that I would like to take pictures of.

I truly admire professional photographers and their abilities. I believe that if you have a special occasion or event that you want to capture on film, you should hire a professional photographer because they not only have the know-how to take great pictures but they also have the professional equipment which allows for amazing quality as well.

I believe even with a ‘point and shoot’ camera that you can express your creative nature. There are two sides of photography. The technical side often results in beautiful pictures that are clear, have the correct depth of field etc and even with a point and shoot camera you need to learn a certain amount of technical know-how. The other side is the art side of photography, the photographs that show emotion and are a visual expression.

The first step in enjoying the creative side of photography requires that you gain some technical knowledge. Take your point and shoot camera and get familiar with the different settings and learn what the camera can do. Once you are comfortable with the technical aspects of your camera, you will now have the freedom to focus on the artistic side of photography. The artistic side requires you to feel, use your emotions to respond to the things you want to photograph and you will be well on your way to enjoying the creative side found in taking photographs.

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