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58 minutes ago, Trevor L. said:

How do you guys get photos this good? All of mine kinda suck.

I'm going to treat this as a serious question.   My pictures from travel abroad were taken with a Panasonic Lumix.  A camera with 20-1200 zoom and 18 MP, Leica glass lens.  This "travel camera" costs about $300 and takes excellent photos.  Regardless of what you learn with a camera, learn everything you can about the focus system.  Sharp pictures are pictures that are in focus.  I have written and published a wildlife book on wildlife in the Cascades.  In the USA I I have top of the line Nikon equipment that is capable of capturing birds in flight.  The Lumix won't do that.  My Nikon setup weighs about 8 pounds, the Lumix weighs about 8 ounces.  That is a compromise that limits what pictures I can take traveling, but my suitcase isn't full of lenses and cameras either.  The mega-zoom lens does work for getting "close" to wildlife.  Also, having good software to process pictures is important.  I use Photoshop and On1 Photo Raw to process pictures.  Lastly, take lots of pictures, especially with cameras that will shoot many frames per second.  The Lumix shoots 9 shots a second.  My Nikon shoots 10.  Keep the good ones and chuck the bad ones.  Have fun!

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