Photos Like a Pro -
Cliff's Photo Tips for some of my fav
photos and a few tech tips.
memories of good times and special occasions, all of which happen only
With a little effort, you can make your photo collection
special ... and you'll be rewarded as your collection grows. For
55+ years, photography has
been my favorite hobby, with the
additional benefit of preserving
our family and vacation memories.
Take it to the Next Level
Photography can be a fun and rewarding when you take it to the next level.
To start with, you'll need a digital camera with features that put you in complete control of
the results way beyond what you can get with a smartphone. Then, with camera in hand, you can search out unique
opportunities for beautiful or unusual shots beyond just a
typical point and shoot result. Vacations become more than just
sightseeing when you add photography to the mix.
Here are some suggestions for enhancing your photography knowledge and
1) Read your camera user guide front to back to learn about its features
Learn about composition, lighting and techniques
from photography books, magazines and/or web sites.
3) For better
results, don't just point and shoot.
Think about each
shot to make it count.
4) For complete control
over results, use photo editing software
to enhance, resize and organize photos.
Consider photo albums to share photos.
This may seem 'old school', but it really is a great
way to pass on a visual
to your children and generations thereafter.
PCs and smart devices have
storage limitations and risk of loss.
With a $50 ink jet printer, you can print quality photos for your
Back Up Your Photos
To protect your photos, back up PCs, smart
phones or tablets to portable media such as DVD, USB flash drive or external
disk drive. A friend of mine recently lost
five years of photos when his
hard drive crashed ... every photo
All it takes is a failed computer disk, failed device
storage or a lost/stolen smartphone. Don't let this happen to you.
Do an internet search to learn how to back up
each device you use ... it will be well worth your
Preserve Your Memories
You can preserve old family photos, slides, 8mm movies, VHS videos by converting them to DVDs.
An internet search will turn up stores in your area
that perform this service. For example, check out
Center. Prices start at $20. I had many hours of old
slides and 8mm/VHS
movies converted to DVDs for viewing on a TV or
computer, then gave a set to
each of my sons. This is a priceless
gift for your family.
A Little Humor
This 'Pearls Before Swine' comic strip sums it up
for the casual photographer!