In the Foto Flash column, I am going to attempt to give folks the answers to some of the questions that often come up about photography.
When I bought my first 35mm camera, I asked a friend who always seemed to take great photographs how I could learn to take great shots like him. His reply was a simple one that still sticks with me today and really makes sense. Always have the camera with you and ready to shoot. How many times have you looked at something and said, "Wow, I wish I had a camera with me"? If the camera is at home, it really makes it difficult to take pictures at all, much less good ones. Always carry your camera with you, and make sure it is loaded with film or a digital media card. Also make sure your batteries are good. The only thing worse than not having a camera with you is to have the shot of a lifetime lined up and miss it due to dead batteries or no way to store your image. In today's media-savvy world, it's easier than ever to have a camera readily available.
Throw-away film cameras are still popular and most cell phones have cameras that can take an OK photograph, so not having a camera with you is less of a problem than ever before. In future columns, I will try to give advice on what type of camera you might want to use and different techniques to improve your photography.
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.