Category: Friday Foto
Last weekend I took a short drive down to the coast. The weather was not so good, which meant there was limited time to take photo’s due to the rain, but it was nice to get away for a bit and relax. There were some interesting trees growing in the sand along the shoreline. At low tide could see the roots, but at high tide, they were half submerged in the water. The last photograph was taken inland – I like the sense of space and freedom the image provides.
As a photographer, I often get asked for advice on camera related questions, the main one being, which camera should I buy?
The challenge with this question is that it is quite general. It’s similar to asking someone, what computer should I buy? Or, where should I go for my next holiday?
The short answer is, it depends. Identifying why you want to buy a camera is an important starting point. Even before you start to look at different camera models, consider what type of photography you will be doing and what features are important to you. Clarifying your photographic needs or purpose will help you to select a camera that does what you want it to do.
With so many different camera options and models available, from point and shoots through to DSLRs, it’s really important to think about the following questions before you go shopping.
- What kind of photography will you be doing? (travel, portraits, sports)
- What is your budget?
- Do you need a lightweight camera, or are you comfortable carrying a larger camera?
- Do you need to use a range of lenses or would you prefer a fixed lens?
- Is video an important feature?
- What is your level of interest in photography? E.g. Do you want to develop your skills or are you happy to let the camera figure it all out?
I’ll write a bit more next week so stay tuned.
The great thing about photographs is that they are able to capture a moment in time and you can look back at them, any time you like, and be reminded of the moments that are associated with that image. It’s one of the reasons we love taking photos for other people and the places we visit – it’s so that you can enjoy the the story that frames each image.
Looking back through the archives I found a few photos that I don’t think I’ve posted online previously. These images are from our last week in Cambodia, in a place called Kampot. After spending a year living in Cambodia and now settling back into life in Melbourne, there are many emotions, memories and things that we associate with our time there. The memories associated with these particular photos are ones of relaxing in Kampot by the river, going on bike rides along dirt roads through the country side and feeling the breeze on the riverside and watching life unfold.
Hope you enjoy this week’s “Friday Foto” – Something which we’ll try and do on a weekly basis so stay turned for more images every Friday.
A good snapshot stops a moment from running away. ~ Eudora Welty