Buying a Better Camera Does Not Make You a Better Photographer

The real key to better photography is more about YOU than it is about your CAMERA. Sure, camera features matter, but what matters more is how you use your camera and how well you understand the fundamentals of photography.

There’s the old joke about a person who invites friends over for dinner. The food was wonderful and the guests all enjoyed the meal. At the end of the evening, they said to the cook: “That was a wonderful meal! What kind of pots and pans did you use?”

As photographers, our “pots and pans” are our cameras and lenses, etc. I am not saying our camera gear is unimportant. I am just saying what matters more is how you use them.

Or as Ansel Adams said: “The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it.”

The key to better photographs is about YOU:

  • Know the fundamentals of photography and all the technical aspects of aperture, shutter speed, ISO, focal lengths, white balance, etc.
  • Understand your camera features and use the right settings at the right times
  • Become an avid student of LIGHT, all aspects of light, qualities of light, ways to manipulate light, mixing light, creating beautiful light
  • Always strive to be better, always learning, always growing

I am a full time pro photographer with a full service studio in NW Austin, and have years of experience helping countless numbers of photographers learn the fundamentals and then progress further, growing in their knowledge and skills. I have many former students who have gone on to be professional photographers.

I would love to help YOU in your journey to become a better photographer.

Check out my upcoming group classes and also remember I offer private instruction as well.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Kevin Gourley

Kevin's book "30 Practical Tips for Better Photographs" is available in print and on Kindle devices!

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