WikiHow... This is a good one...

Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Results Realty GA RE Lic # 282060

On my Google Homepage I have a couple of WikiHow tips each day.  Some of them are entertaining, some are informative, and some are downright weird. He was just right there...

And then there are some that are hilarious...

Today was one of the funny ones.  How to Get Up and Start Taking Photos.  It is a good read... and could be applied to WAY more things than just taking pictures.  But let's talk about pictures for a minute... 

For those that don't know, I was a professional photographer for 10 years.  I worked in commercial photography, as well as some editorial (magazine) work.  Advertising, Annual Reports, catalog, brochures...  I personally specialized in studio work, especially with large format cameras (4x5 was my favorite).  I also assisted other photographers, and one of my best clients was a location shooter that shot primarily in 35mm.  He actually made me really enjoy location photography. 

Gail, Garrett and MaggieI followed that up with several years as a camera store manager.  I had a high volume store with a portrait studio, equipment sales and a very busy lab.  In that role, I counseled consumers on how to get better photos and often how to do it with what they already had (sidenote... As a camera store manager, I MUCH preferred that people would spend their money buying and processing film rather than buying new equipment... WAY higher margin on the processing). 

And I sucked at taking pictures...

Let me rephrase that...  I didn't take a lot of pictures.  My wife shot more pictures than I did during most of the year.  Sure, I would drag out the camera and pop through film like nobody's business when I was in the mood...  I came back from vacation with a hundred rolls of shot film on occasion.  But I wasn't shooting the snapshots that marked our lives every day.  She was doing that.  She was shooting a roll a week.  When she got a digital camera, she started shooting more. 

But the tide turned...

I got a digital camera (didn't have to borrow hers anymore) and a fairly good camera phone.  I started shooting more pics at my listings and around them.  And then I joined Flickr... and FaceBook.  And I started sharing.  Family and friends are tuning in to my stream.  I'm shooting pics of the boys and the family and uploading them all but live. 

It started with my first camera phone... My mother in VA was looking at pictures of her first grandchild 3 minutes after he was born in GA.  But it really picked up in the last year (FaceBook, Flickr and sharing made me do it). Jackson and Gail

Now I carry a camera most of the time and a camera phone ALL of the time.  I use them to take notes and record the little moments.  I shoot pictures of items in stores to tell my wife the price or remember where I saw something.  I shot a picture of the license plate of the camper we borrowed last weekend in order to have that information available when we registered at the campground.  I even use it to record how parts fit for the Jeepster restoration I never seem to have the money for...  But the real fun is shooting the pics of the kids when my wife is in the office.  The three of us are at home and we shoot pictures and load them to FaceBook so she can go see them.  We shoot video clips to share, too... 

It is just SO easy.  The cameras are simple.  The computer interface is fast.  Uploading to sharing sites is a snap.  And there are folks that want to see the pictures... and it is just SO convenient to share pictures with the family and friends flung far and wide... instantly. 

And it gives me hundreds of pictures for my blogs...  And I don't have to worry about copyright issues with the pics I use...  So, turn off the computer... get outside... carry a camera... and see what is going on around you.  It isn't just the big things, it is the little things that just happen that provide the great memories.

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Comments (13)

Norma Brandsberg
Marks Realty Co. Inc., Lynchburg, VA, 540-586-9496 - Forest, VA

Cameras are a wonderful thing. I find they make me more creative.

Jun 18, 2009 02:21 AM

Hey! Krystle from wikiHow here. Glad to see that you're enjoying our articles! Thanks for spreading the word about us. =)

Jun 18, 2009 08:53 AM
Jeff Engle
Neighborly Realty - Lincoln, CA

Great link.  FIND THE POWER BUTTON AND TURN IT ON.  The first key to better photography is to practice.  The second key is to take a look at what better photographers create.  The third key is to go back to #1 - practice.  For the second item, check out as well as the flickr Photography For Real Estate group.  For most of us many of the photographs will knock your socks off.

For me... I'm still in the cycle, but at least I've found the power button.  Thanks for sharing.


Jun 18, 2009 12:52 PM
Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner - Grand Rapids, MI
Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re

The term idiot proof cameras was meant for me.  The new digital cameras are just what I needed.

Jun 18, 2009 02:01 PM
The Somers Team
The Somers Team at KW Philadelphia - Philadelphia, PA
Delivering Real Estate Happiness

Lane - Our digitial camera makes us look much better than we are.  Even with that, I have still have much to learn and improve as a photgrapher.  Stephanie is pretty darn good - she has a great eye for great shots !

Jun 21, 2009 04:09 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Lane - I love taking pictures, as many as I can.  I especially enjoy pictures of trips we took, or events our children are in.  I haven't joined any of those internet photo sites yet, like flikr, but definitely need to join.  I think sharing photos, and starting video would be the nest level for us.

Jun 22, 2009 12:39 PM
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

Thanks, folks.  There are so many good resources on the net...  It can be fun to take advantage of some of them. 

Jun 29, 2009 04:48 PM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

Great photos.  Treasure them.


Jul 04, 2009 02:51 PM
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

Ginger - I treasure the moments and the pictures...

Jul 07, 2009 02:39 PM
Tanya Venable
Orlando, FL
SEO, Mobile SEO, and Internet Marketing Consultant

I have always loved taking pictures.  Especially of just everyday things, and of my family. Pictures capture a moment in time that you can always look back on and cherish.

Jul 24, 2009 02:43 AM
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

Tanya - I have really enjoyed getting back to photography... even the snapshot stuff.  With digital, it is a lot of fun. 

Jul 25, 2009 03:07 PM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

Photography has opened up a whole new awareness for me.  It will do the same for you.

Capturing that one special moment..

Aug 12, 2009 08:09 AM
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

Ginger - I was a professional advertising photographer for 10 years...  I really enjoy shooting... but I did get away from it for a while. 

Aug 12, 2009 08:41 AM