As a matter of fact I do, a reeeally nice camera. And you know what? It takes just as crappy photos as your potato cell phone camera.
If I had a nickel for every time I heard some say “well you must have a really nice camera” I’d probably have enough to buy, well, a really nice camera. Just like anything in life it’s less the tool being used than the tool using using it. It is completely possible to take incredible photos with the cheap Nikon point and shoot your mom bought at Walmart 2 Christmases ago if you know how to use it.
So what’s the point of this? For me to brag? To look down my lens at all the scrubs? No quite the contrary, I’m here to lend you some tips to help you improve your bbwarz photography so you can get more followers, get sponsored and make a gazillion dollars in the airsoft industry!!! (Btw there’s no money to be made in the airsoft industry)
The absolute first thing you need to do is understand how your camera works. I’m not saying you need to read the owners manual cover to cover but at least browse through and see what the major menu functions are. Imagine being given a gun with the instructions being the pointy end goes towards the bad guys. Same principle.
Next is you need to understand light and how light works. Photography is all about light. I could easily get into how ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture work and effect each other but I’m afraid I’d lose a lot of people and I don’t feel like getting a thumb cramp from typing it into my IPhone. So I’ll keep it simple and stick to the concept of light. 99.9% of you will be dealing with some sort of natural lighting and most of that will be in direct sunlight. If at all possible you want to avoid shooting in direct sunlight because it creates harsh shadows where half of your subject is blown out white or the shadows are pitch black either one gives you very little detail to work with. Try finding trees or shade to take your photos in. Preferably one that doesn’t have a background full of the aforementioned direct sunlight. One of the best ways to work around such things is changing your angle. We all walk around seeing the world at a height of somewhere between 4 and 6 feet. Changing your angle or perspective could not only help you in getting he best lighting but will also spice up the general look of your photos.
Now on the flip side if you shoot indoors with little light or artificial light you will run into issues where your photos will tend to come out noisey. Noise is when you see all kinds of little specs in your picture especially in the blacks. Another common issue is blurry photos. Because it’s dark your camera needs more light in order to make the photo. To do this your camera’s shutter has to stay open longer which allows things to move and this become out of focus and blurred. If it’s not in focus delete it and try again. Blurry photos kill puppies. How to combat these issues when shooting inside? First consider using a tripod of something sturdy to support your camera. Second have your subject stay as still as possible. If you are shooting in a place like TacCity have your subject lean on a wall while you take the shot. This helps them stay as still as possible. Adjust your angle so it doesn’t look like a drunk Tiger Woods getting arrested and you are GTG.
The last point I’ll touch on for the three of you who are still reading this is composition/stance. Simply put how you pose your people in the photo. DONT TAKE PHOTOS OF PEOPLE WITH THEIR GUNS POINTED AT THE CAMERA. That shit is so played out and basic looking you should slap yourself for thinking it’s remotely cool. Again mix it up and try something different. Change your angle, change the way the person is standing or holding their gun. This is where your own creativity comes in and if you need to put your Google skills to work to find some inspiration and put your own twist to it.
There you have it, the rock solid path to becoming interwebs famous. Pretty soon you’ll have your very own Humvee and a private jet parked next to Jet DesertFox’s.
Seriously though the key with anything is to keep shooting and shooting and shooting. Practice as much as you can and you will find yourself becoming more and more comfortable taking photos in all kinds of situations.
If you’d like me to continue with some photography tips and dig a little deeper into this topic please chime in with a comment below.