Knowing When To Upgrade
Let's take a moment to talk about photo equipment. Everyone has their brand loyalties, and everyone has their own idea of what equipment is absolutely necessary to complete a successful shoot. However, as with most things in life, the operator is the most significant piece to the puzzle.
Take an amateur photographer, hand them a $7,000 camera and a $2,500 lens and any pro will be able to see right through the megabuck equipment and pick apart the mistakes almost immediately. On the other hand, take a skilled professional, hand them a simple point-and-shoot, and they're likely to blow the posers away with their ability to capture something that you probably didn't think was possible with such Stone Age, picture-taking tools. A true photographer should be able to make something brilliant happen with just about any piece of equipment, whether it's cutting edge technology or low-tech mass production fresh from Wal-Mart's bargain bin. Sure, we'd all love to carry around the best, most expensive camera body with lenses that are sharp enough to capture a crisp shot of an eyebrow hair from 100 yards away but, realistically, the noobs are likely to learn more from trial and error with the point-and-shoot rather than sacrificing the mortgage payment on high-end equipment that only those with years of experience are able to reap full potential from. A set of acceptable quality lenses that cover the spectrum of focal lengths you'll need to satisfy your needs, a sturdy and reliable tripod, as well as a camera body that you can understand and learn from are the best weapons for any up-and-coming photog's arsenal.
I've been asked many times why I still use my dinosaur Canon 20D, and the answer I give is always the same: It's familiar, of good quality, and extremely reliable. What more could I ask for? Once my skills catch up to my current equipment, I'll know it's time for an upgrade.
Your Snaps, Eibach's Schwag
It's official. We ain't playin' around. Your Honda-related photography could just land you fresh Eibach gear: a set of Sportline or Pro-Kit springs or a brand-spankin'-new set of Eibach coilovers. Check out the fine print for contest rules and details.
E-mail submissions to :
firstname.lastname@example.org(include OH SNAPS in the subject)
Or via snail mail to:
Honda Tuning Magazine/Oh Snaps2400 E. Katella Ave, Suite 1100Anaheim, Ca 92806
Keep things Honda/Acura-related and use your imagination. We need high-resolution images sized to a minimum of 4x4 inches-low-res snapshots and 3x5 prints will be tossed into the round filing cabinet. All submissions must be accompanied by complete contact information including your name, phone number, shipping address, e-mail address, and Web site address (if applicable). No contact info, no prize.
Winners will be selected monthly by the Honda Tuning staff. Refrain from watermarking submitted images; the appropriate credit will be displayed next to all published works. Honda Tuning magazine reserves the right to publish, crop, resize, and/or remove watermarks from all submitted images for the sole purpose of OH SNAPS in order to suit publication.
Monthly prizes: All entrants with submissions selected and published in OH SNAPS will receive Eibach hats, T-shirts, and stickers. Prizes will be shipped to the contact information provided upon publication.
Quarterly prizes: One quarterly winner will receive his or her choice of Eibach Sportline or Pro-Kit springs for his or her desired Honda/Acura application. The winner will be selected from previous OH SNAPS monthly winners. The quarterly winner will be announced concurrent with publication in the June and September issues and will be contacted for prize redemption upon publication.
The Grand Prize: One grand-prize winner will receive a complete set of Eibach coilovers for his or her desired Honda/Acura application. The grand-prize winner will be selected from previous OH SNAPS monthly and/or quarterly winners. The grand-prize winner will be announced concurrent with publication in the December issue and will be contacted for prize redemption upon publication.