Wow, time flies when you are having fun! Or at least time flies when you are writing articles.
Yes, it has been one whole year since I first began writing the Foto Flash column. It has been 52 entertaining and informative articles on my favorite subject - photography. At least I hope it has been entertaining and informative. I'm always happily surprised when someone other than my wife and my mom mention that they read my column. I'm like, seriously? I've always thought of myself as more of a reader than a writer but I guess a lot more people than just me are interested in this great hobby. At times it has been tough to come up with a topic to write about each week. But just when I'm out of ideas I run into someone who gives me one for a topic.
I hope in the last year you have learned a few important things about photography. Let's review some of them:
First, the best kind of camera is the one you have with you when a photo opportunity presents itself. No camera, no pictures.
Constantly be taking pictures. It is the best way to improve your work and don't forget to print some of them out to show off to your friends and decorate your living space.
Next, read the instruction manual, or at least keep it handy to use as a reference when you need to know something.
Make sure you have backup copies of all your most important images. Future generations are depending on it. It is not a matter of if your computer crashes, it's a matter of when.
Film is dead, embrace technology; it is not going to go away.
Take pictures of the people and places you love. They might not be around forever and they certainly won't remain the same.
For the same reason, have you and your family's portrait professionally taken every few years. It only hurts for a few minutes and it is not near as bad as going to the doctor. No offense intended to my doctor friends.
The price of professional photography might seem expensive today, but the images will be priceless in the future.
In closing, I would like to thank everyone who reads this every week. I hope it has helped you become a better photographer. I will do my best to become a better writer.
(Brent Kepner is the owner and photographer at Foto 1 Pro Photo in Elkins. He is a master photographer as well as a certified professional photographer.)