1. Fit a lens hood
If you fail to use a lens hood you are automatically between 10% and 50% worse off image quality-wise.
When your Granny or Uncle Harry ask to take some shots with your camera at the wedding put your camera on AUTO and hand it to them. No instructiions required. Just say 'have fun' (and check your insurance policy)
This sounds simple. But many of my students find it difficult if not impossible. Most photographers love making complicated 'busy' images. Simplicity, pwer and message are required.You need discipline. Its decisive. Its good design. Its not for photographivc wimps.
Get your basic in order at a UWA Workshop with Dale Neill.
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