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Ask the Patch Pro: Photography Experts Ready to Share Tips and Tricks

Our panel of experts are waiting in the comments to answer all your questions about photography in the first installment of Ask the Patch Pro.

Taking pictures can be a fun hobby, but it can also be very frustrating. 

Sometimes your pictures turn out great—worthy of a framing. Other times? Well let's just say it's a good thing most cameras are digital now and you didn't waste time (and money) getting the pictures developed. 

What makes a good picture? Is it the camera, or the person operating the camera? Can you get a good picture on an iPhone? 

In the latest edition of "Ask the Patch Pro" we want to find the answers to those, and other, photography questions. But we needed some help. 

We don't have the answers to those (and your) questions, but not to worry. We've compiled a crack team of experts to help us out. Meet the experts: 

Got a question for our experts? Ask below!

Christy Martin August 15, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Based on my own experience, you don't need a body that will break the pocketbook. I suggest you do some comparison shopping, and go from there. Pentax actually has some really good kit lenses to get you started if you wanted to go that way and then get other lenses later on as you practice and experiment.
Christy Martin August 15, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Some point and shoot cameras are much better than others so it partially depends on that.
Ben Munson August 15, 2012 at 11:37 PM
A friend asked me what I'd recommend for someone who wants to shoot sporting events, indoor and outdoor. Needs to be easy to use, non-professional, and able to zoom greatly for photos of moving targets... I know what I'd suggest. I want to know what our other experts suggest!
Don York August 16, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Panning can be tricky! The objective is to have the subject sharp, while also achieving a blurred background which enhances the perception of motion. The panning of the camera will take care of the background, therefore the objective is to get a sharp subject. This does not have so much to do with F stop, as it does with focus. With experience you will decide whether "auto" focus or "manual" focus works best for you. This will also depend on the situation - taking a racehorse at full gallop vs a bird in flight - for me I shoot the bird on manual focus.
Fred Oompahloompah August 16, 2012 at 01:03 PM
I found early on with my first digital point and shoot that it was difficult to get an action shot due to the slight delay from the time you "pull the trigger" and the actual shot being taken. As a result I missed the action I wanted due to the delay! I have since moved on to the digital SLR cameras that did not have this issue. Why is there a delay in the older point a shoot, specifically the Canon Power Shot A20 2.1 MEGA PIXELS. It takes wonderful photos when the subject is still and well lighted!

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