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Transferring Skills

As a photographer, you’ve accumulated a lot of useful knowledge and skills that help you take better pictures than the average snapshooter. For example, you know not to shoot into the sun (unless you’re looking for a silhouette), and that the tiny built-in flash on a point-and-shoot camera isn’t powerful enough to capture the lead singer at a concert when you’re seated in the balcony.

You’ve instinctively learned to hold the camera steady when shooting in dim light, or to take multiple shots when photographing groups, because somebody in each photo is going to be making a face or have his eyes closed. You might not even be aware of all the photographic techniques you use automatically, but being photo savvy does offer an important edge when it comes to making outstanding pictures. The good news is that, despite the differences in technology, most of what you’ve learned can be transferred directly to digital photography. An experienced film photographer making the transition to digital photography always has an edge over a beginner.


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