Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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That is so true, Melissa!
Yes, that is the main thing - you have to know how to use your camera. My camera isn't top of the line, but it's nice quality. It just takes some practice to figure out which settings are best for which purpose. I had the WORST pictures for about 6 months and my husband noticed I had it set on Manual Focus, and I was thinking it was on Automatic Focus the whole time. Doh! No wonder! I would take a series of gorgeous puppy shots on a variety of settings, trying to figure out the best, and when I would upload them to the computer every single one would be blown out (too light) or blurry or something else wrong. After we changed that simple setting, it was amazing to get some good photos again.
Spend some time playing with your camera and take some pictures indoors and outdoors in various light conditions. It's like any tool in that you have to figure out how to work it most efficiently to get the best results.