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Instructor Tips: Steve Alexander — Photography Fundamentals

written by Alexandra Wade

Steve Alexander

Steve Alexander, owner of Alexander’s Photo.

Steve Alexander is the owner and operator of Alexander’s Photo in Historic Valley Junction. He noticed it was difficult to find practical, realistic, and experienced instruction in photography. He is trying to address that need with short and intensive courses for today’s aspiring photographers, especially those who cannot afford the time or expense of an extended curriculum. Alexander loves to see people learn, grow, and be inspired to go beyond their prior limits. He especially appreciates helping students achieve their own “light bulb” moments of understanding. Alexander can be contacted on Facebook or the Alexander’s Photo website: www.alexandersphoto.com.

 

Steve Alexander’s Five Photography Tips

  1. The fundamentals of photography are employed for EVERY photo taken—whether the photographer makes those choices or the camera defaults to a pre-programmed response. Since the camera does not care about your photos, it’s better that you learn at least the basics and create your own images intentionally.
  2. Your add-on flash attachment is the second-most important piece of photo gear in your bag. You need to own one, and know how and when to use it.
  3. A seasonal tip: Protect camera gear from condensing moisture when moving from cold temperatures outside to warmer temperatures inside. The best way to protect your gear is putting it in a camera bag, or covering it with a cloth or paper bag, until it is room temperature again. Moving from warm to cold temperatures does not have the same condensation risks, but battery life may be limited in below freezing weather.
  4. Buy local and face-to-face! Photography requires skills and techniques, in addition to talent and opportunity. Buying equipment and accessories in department stores or online offers no additional support or instructions for how to get the most out of a camera. Local dealers will go out of their way to help you because they benefit from your success as well. They should put your needs first and help each customer select the best equipment for them.
  5.  Information and knowledge are the most valuable elements to learning to be a better photographer. Be curious, ask questions, take a Community Ed. class, and PRACTICE!

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