If you answered an annoyed and pissed off yes, then read on how to up your holiday street cred from now on . . .
Why Do Your Tree Photos Suck?
Every year you buy the newest iPhone or Android, each model claiming to have such a better, life changing camera than their previous model. Don't get me wrong, mobile devices are putting out some pretty pimped out cameras these days but they still have their limitations when compared to the world of dedicated photography gear.
- Lack of manual control. This is a biggie. Sure they're apps out there that claim full function over the devices controls but I have yet to come across one worth keeping. Having said that, you're at the mercy of your camera's creative brain. You device tells you how it thinks the photograph should look rather than your creative mind telling the camera what to do. Even if you have a mack daddy DSLR, if you are shooting in manual, you are giving up any and all creative control to the powerful tool that you could otherwise take total control over. . . . MANUAL EXPOSURES . . . ALWAYS!
- Shitty low light performance. Even if you do get a decent exposure, you notice the photo looks like garbage. That's called noise, people. That is due to the sensor in your camera or device. Higher end cameras can shoot in super low light environments while still getting clean and very usable files. Shit, even when there is noise, it is usually visually acceptable, IMO. Mobile devices? Shitty sensors which aren't made for low light shooting. Not yet anyway.
- Speaking of light. You typically are shooting in the evening when the tree is lit and your living room is all comfy cozy. Agreed but how interesting is all of the light in your living room? I'll explain in a minute.
- Stability. While you are hand holding your device, in your dark room, you camera, rightfully so, is slowing its shutter speed to allow more light too hit its sensor for a longer period of time. Guess what? If you drink as much coffee as I do, chances are you can't hold your hands perfectly still. I don't care if you are a neurosurgeon, nobody keeps their hands perfectly still. Who cares? Your photos care. Long hand held exposures will give you blurry blobs and unless you're doing that for artistic purposes, you'll probably be pretty annoyed. They make tripods for your device, I promise.
- Composition. Everyone shoots a fucking vertical of their tree. How fucking interesting is that?