With camera technology constantly advancing and the price of good equipment coming down, most phones have better cameras on them than even the professionals would have owned a few decades ago. The ease of availability, and the advent of digital image capture means that you can point and shoot as many times as you like without having to stock up on costly film and processing, and meaning that you don’t have to worry about finding somewhere dark to replace the film.
But having all this technology at your fingertips will never be enough to ensure that you take consistently good shots, and although it’s easier than every to touch them up afterwards, there’s nothing like the satisfaction of shooting a perfect moment the first time around. Keen photographers will love the chance to learn about the techniques professionals use to ensure that they frame, light and capture the shot perfectly so this is a birthday gift idea which will teach them something they can use again and again.
With so many functions and features on modern cameras it can be easy to get confused and find yourself using the automatic settings to make life easier, but with a little guidance you can learn what all those mysterious little symbols mean in practical terms and how different settings will affect the outcome for your images. There is no need to ignore the variety of software available to manipulate your photos once they’re taken either to fix details or to create imaginative effects which will transform them into unique works of art.
Whether you are the designated photographer for family events because you enjoy saving the memories of special occasions, or want to pursue photography as a means of creative expression for yourself and others to enjoy, a photography course makes a birthday gift that you can really get your teeth into. So if you’re looking for birthday gift ideas for a budding David Bailey, or someone who just wants their family albums to look great, then a photography experience gift is one which will give them the skills they need to share great memories with all their friends and family.