Originally Posted by davesmith
How do you guys take such amazing shots?
- Amazing (secret) skills?
- Settings on your camera?
- All of the above?
Good photography isn't about equipment. It's about technique and understanding light more than anything else. Now you do need a camera and lens that's suited for the type of photography you're interested in.
Besides knowing how to run your equipment understanding how to use and manipulate light is the most important thing in photography.
Secret skills? Not sure about that one. What is required is a thorough understanding of your equipment, basic exposure control, lighting techniques along with some compositional skill and a whole lot of creativity.
You absolutely need to understand every single control on your camera setup and be able to manipulate them effectively. Doesn't matter if it's the latest greatest digital or a 40 year old film SLR.
So yeah, all of the above along with a little luck. Sometimes you just stumble into that one great shot.