I realize (and am reminded every day) that I am in a sea of photographers. Professionally equip or not, just about everyone thinks they are a photographer. After all, we all have cell phones that can take some decent pictures. But there are limitations to cell phone camera. They are intended to be phones, not professional cameras. During a recent session, I decide to take the same picture three different ways to illustrate that there really IS a difference between a cell phone camera, a ’really nice’ camera and a professional photographer who knows how to use professional equipment and understand light. For this example, my focus is on the camera settings and light, not posing or composition.
The picture on the left was taken with a cell phone. Way too dark and there are hot spots (areas with too much light and no detail).
The middle one was taken with my ‘nice’ camera set on auto. The camera decided the color, shutter speed, aperture and ISO. This is a bit too dark, the color is a little cool and still the hot spots. Also, it is hard to see in this small image, but there is blur on her hand because the shutter was too slow.
For the one on the right, I was in complete control. I had my assistant (my handsome hubby) block the extra light, I popped some flash and set the color, shutter, aperture and ISO.
Many people think they can’t afford to hire a professional photographer or that the cost isn’t worth it, but I just want you to see there is a significant different when you do choose to hire a professional photographer. You will be so glad you made that treasured investment!