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Ideas, Ideas, Ideas… Find Out What Your Kit Can Do.

Google can help you find ideas for trying out with your camera

Google can help you find ideas for trying out with your camera. Some results from the Google Images page for "Canon+5d+mkII+sample+images"
Click to see the same search on Google.

Most of the time it’s ideas we need

Sometimes getting new kit is a crusade. Must have this, must have that… buy, buy, buy! When I ask my students and friends why they feel like this the answer is simple. Often photographers feel that the kit they already have is somehow inadequate. Actually, even among my professional photographer friends, I find that most photographers have not fully explored their existing kit. After a little probing it turns out there are a lot of things they have never tried out. It is not kit that is the problem, it is a shortage of ideas. They really need to look for new challenges and to explore ideas.

Here is a quick and simple way to get ideas. Use Google. The search engine has a great ‘image search’ facility. You can put in details of your camera or your lens and see what sort of images other people have taken. I put this search term into the Google images search box… Canon+5d+mkII+sample+images. The + symbol tells Google you want all the words used. What I got back was “About 708,000 results” of images taken by that model. Wow! Now I have some new ideas!

Spend some time looking through those images. I am sure you will have lots of ideas. All of that is possible with your camera or lens or whatever you Googled.

Spend the next year trying to produce images like those on your Google page. If you can improve the quality and extend the ideas you will be developing your skills well. And, you will have a lot of fun.

By Damon Guy (author and Photokonnexion editor)

Damon Guy - Netkonnexion

Damon Guy (Netkonnexion)

Damon is a writer-photog and editor of this site. He has run some major websites, a computing department and a digital image library. He started out as a trained teacher and now runs training for digital photographers.
See also: Editors ‘Bio’.

Project Based Learning is Best

Colins Complete Photography Course.
A great book available on Amazon

The best way to improve is to do…

When you read a book, you learn things. However, practical application is different to book knowledge. I am reminded of a great line in a film, “…there’s a difference between knowing the path, and walking the path” (Morphus – ‘The Matrix’). In Collins Complete Photography Course you get to “walk the path”.

Actually doing photography is what teaches us to move forward. This book is about taking our inspiration, our passion, and developing our skills through project-based photographic work. Its about getting involved; getting inspired. Learning through projects.

This is a project based way to take the important steps that lead you to get control of your camera, get control of your ideas, get control of your confidence. Step by step the book takes you through the things you need to master photography. By inspiring you to undertake projects it helps you to get an insight into one interesting aspect of photography at a time – learning from inside the experience. It is a great book to grab your enthusiasm and to express your art… while learning.

Here are some things that others have said about: “Collins Complete Photography Course

“This is a really instructive book…” By Mrs. C. Leigh.

“…if your photography has gone a bit ‘flat’ or you’re struggling to find a subject, it would be worth buying this book for the inspiration alone.” By J. Mousley

“An excellent book for anyone starting on their photographic journey…”. By ‘Fellingmal’

If you want to move your photography forward this book can take you on a great journey. It is an opportunity not to be missed. Buy it now…
Collins Complete Photography Course