"The first step in becoming a pro is to shoot twice as much," says Kobre, whose book Photojournalism: The Professionals' Approach is a standard text at more than 125 universities around the country. With the advent of affordable digital photography, you can easily take lots of photos -- increasing the odds that you will come up with a gem of a photo. Kobre says, "The difference between an amateur and a professional is the professional shoots and throws away more."
Kobre offers these 10 tips for transforming ordinary snapshots into memorable images.
As digital cameras become more common, many people wonder whether digital works better than film. Kobre shoots with both digital and standard film cameras and says each format has its strengths. "One main advantage of digital photography is you can see the results immediately. The disadvantage is, for the more inexpensive cameras, there's a time delay between pressing the shutter and when the actual picture is taken." That makes it harder to take candid pictures.
One solution, he suggests, is to see whether your digital camera can prefocus by pressing the shutter halfway before you take the shot. Prefocusing can cut the time it takes to shoot the picture because the lens is already in position.
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