It’s not the camera. It’s you.

If you want proof, see the shots Jim Richardson took with an iPhone 5s in Scotland.

“Little by little we come around to taking the pictures the camera can do well.” — Jim Richardson,  who shoots for National Geographic Magazine

See Richardson’s Instagram feed.


Photo 1: Practice photographing people indoors

IMPORTANT: All photos submitted for this assignment must be shot between Wednesday morning (Sept. 25) and Monday (Sept. 30) at midnight. Photos must NOT be edited in any way before uploading EXCEPT resizing.

The ability to deliver good images from a variety of real-life situations — this is useful in many journalism jobs.

Almost every digital camera has a variety of settings that will enable you to capture good, clear, usable shots indoors. Learning how to use these settings to get the best results will require you to PRACTICE with your camera. Read more of this post

Blog post 11: Your camera

In this post you have creative freedom to write about your relationship with your camera.

Include a photo of your camera in the post, and make sure the photo is as wide as the text of your post. No tiny pictures!

Make it personal. Write for an audience of professional journalists. Write in your own voice, as a student. Read more of this post

Tips for learning about your camera

My main list of basic advice (for indoors shooting, note especially ISO and white balance):

Photo quality tips for point-and-shoot cameras

Do not think you need a DSLR. You don’t:

Photojournalist covers the Olympics with an iPhone

This is the same article I linked in your assignment:

Get the Most from Your Point-and-Shoot Camera

The way you steady the camera — with your hands, or with a tripod or monopod — makes a big difference in all low-light situations:

How to hold the camera

I hope these tips will help you. But don’t forget your Kobré textbook! There are lots of great tips there as well.