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I took this photograph of the spider about 7 years ago in Costa Rico.  I was shooting with a Fuji Digital FinePix S100FS camera.  I bought this camera because at the time it was a cheaper alternative instead of getting a digital SLR camera.  It is a bridge between a compact and a DSLR camera.  It was a good camera for the price.

When my wife asked me about posting this photograph, I was accessing the quality of the pictures I took on this trip with this camera.  I was reminded about the limitations of this camera which confirmed my later decision to finally purchase a regular DSLR.  There is a limit in the resolution of the pictures taken with this Fuji camera, and I was not satisfied with this quality.  When I did purchase my DSLR, I was satisfied the higher price had included more features. So I felt I was getting more for my money versus if I had purchased this camera at an earlier time.

Since I have been shooting with my Canon DSLR and my many different lenses, I realized how my photography has improved.  I am shooting faster and the quality of the photographs are better due to my adaptation to the newer camera.  Also the resolution is so much better with my current DSLR.  Since I am now able to shoot faster and with greater frequency, I can see the progression and improvement of my photography.  Practice does lead to better photos.

Here are 4 simple guidelines to help you to evaluate and improve your pictures:

  1. Review your old photos – Are you satisfied with the resolution and sharpness of the image?  Do you like the colors?
  2. If you are not satisfied, do you want to move on to a better camera – perhaps a DSLR?
  3. Evaluate your budget to see how much you would like to spend to determine your next camera and/or lens.  Evaluate the camera package to get the most features for your money.
  4. After you purchase your new camera, practice and shoot.  Practice will help your photography to improve.  Challenge yourself to take photos which do not need to be altered via software.

Lastly this was a huge spider – about 3 1/2 inches in size.  It was interesting to see this huge spider in it’s web environment.  Go and look at your old photos and reflect to see if you like the quality of your photos.

If you have questions about cameras and lenses, feel free to comment or send an inquiry to me.  I will answer your questions about camera equipment.