What’s a diopter?

If you look on your camera you may notice a funny little knob or switch next to your viewfinder. That is a diopter. It adjusts and compensates for your vision. If your view through the viewfinder isn't so sharp, try adjusting this knob. It's a really great thing to have, especially for those of us who need glasses, but can't use them looking through the viewfinder. Adjusting the setting does not affect the sharpness of your photos. However, it could help you take better pictures because you can see where the focal point of your photo actually is, and how sharp it is, especially for those close in shots where you might be pushing the abilities of your camera.

The Most Important Part of Your Camera is You!

Photographers have a saying: The most important part of a camera is the 12 inches behind it. That's right. The most important part of your camera is you. This does not mean that everything that goes wrong is your fault. Cameras are machines and have limitations. They can't capture the things that the human eye can. The point of the quote, however, is to remind you that you don't have to have the best and brightest equipment to make truly good photographs of your family, friends, and surroundings. If you fall in love with photography the way I have you may eventually invest in a dSLR, but until you do so there is no reason you can't capture many of your family's important moments. That's what this blog is about. I've been taking pictures of any willing victim (and some unwilling) for many years, and I'd like to share a little of what I've learned with you to help you take the best picture possible to capture your memories. My intent is to keep this simple and understandable, as well as eminently 'doable' so that you're not overwhelmed with technical jargon, but do come away with a better understanding of what you can do and why. I will suggest ways to improve your photography by helping you to learn to pay attention to the way the light falls on your subject, the angle you take your picture at, and share what I can about how to fix the photos that weren't as good as they could be. I'll also share some tips about various types of software out there, some of which are free! I welcome your questions, comments, and feedback. My intent is to help, to teach, and to have a little fun doing it. Welcome to The Camera Mom... even if you're a Dad!