How many of you have ever purchased a new camera or lens to use for that big vacation you decided to take?? Probably quite a few of you. But, now that you’ve bought something brand new to you, you’ve got no idea how to get the best out of it. Well, LPS to the rescue! Simply check out our quick guide below to get some very useful information on how to improve your shots.

Tip #1 Use “P” mode

It may seem like the most obvious thing right? But if you’re not used to a camera or lens the little mistakes can start to add up, and the end result can be that you’re not happy with your photos. So, the first advice is simple, just let the camera figure it out!

Tip #2 Use a 4x or greater zoom lens

Again, in there interest of keeping it as simple as possible, leave the prime lenses at home. Simply bring your super zoom and stick with it. Your vacation photos are more about getting your family and friends looking great! Prime lenses are purely for professional photographers who REALLY know what they’re doing. And the reason I write REALLY in all caps is simple, even great photographers who are not professionals don’t REALLY know what they’re doing. Pro’s target a medium of delivery because they work with clients who have specific needs. Make sense? If not, just suck it up and deal with the fact that you don’t REALLY know what you’re doing, sorry.

Tip #3 Don’t over spend

Ok, this is more of a “look before you leap” type suggestion and most people coming to this post have done precisely the opposite. Just in case you’re one of those people doing research before jumping into an expensive camera purchase let it be known right here and now that best cameras are not always “better” for everyone. Fact is, high end cameras often require high end skills. These cameras are built at the bleeding edge of what technology can accomplish, therefore it takes a professional who understands how the cameras and lenses work at a highly technical level to get the most out of them. Let me put it this way, 99% of people don’t buy $3,000 cameras for their vacations, so the assumption is you know how to use that tool.

Tip #4 Cellphones are good enough for most families

The reason cellphones exist is precisely for family photographers who just don’t want to learn how to use a “real camera”. In fact most people are so used to how cellphone pictures work that they don’t even understand what they’re looking at when it comes to a “real camera”. Most people have only ever known cellphone photos, they won’t even understand what you’re showing them, so what in gods name do you even want a real camera for? Who are you trying to impress?

Tip #5 High end cameras are like race cars

So you think your fancy camera isn’t good enough? Well, have you ever been in a race car? Guess what race cars don’t have? Pretty much everything a family sedan has… Leather heated seats? LMAO. Suspension? Spine bruising levels of harsh. Noise? Ear bleedingly loud. Handling? Dangerously twitchy on anything but a perfectly flat road. Think of a top end photographer like a race car driver. The car is meant to do amazing things… in the right hands.

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