Digital cameras are so ever-present in society today. Even my phone has a camera

by Douglas Hoffman on October 14, 2011

Each month we see new and smaller cameras in the hands of tourists coming to Hawaii.  Indeed, i t is getting easier and easier for people to take pictures, Even today’s cell phones are creating photographs.

Family is very important and portraits like this are priceless

We  think its great because the more the public takes pictures, the more they are learning about photography.  These days people are able to see the difference between a well posed, composed & illuminated portrait from one that is not.

Mind you were not saying that the public can explain why one image is better than another, only that people are starting to see a difference.  This is starting to build respect and value back into photography. Recent trends show people are learning that while they can take pictures posing people & lighting them well is not easy.

Family portraiture on Maui

In the not to distant past a person would shoot a roll of film and take it to the lab.  The people there would do their magic and just like that people got nice pictures.   When digital came out people and photo labs had to start learning Photoshop to make their pictures better. This has truly made the last 10 years the digital age and one of the reasons why people are starting to hire professionals again.  As a result we’re getting more inquiries from people.

I tell people who are on the fence about hiring a professional portrait photographer.  Having a portrait created is not something done often. So when ts time – its important to do right.  Its kind of like hiring a plumber. When you have the need, its better to get a pro and get it taken care of right the first time.

I tried hiring a home repairman to fix a leak, and in the end I spent more time, money, and frustration than if I had hired a plumber to begin with.


For those that want to do it yourself, why not take a photography workshop as a family.  IT will be fun, and you will take home knowledge and great memories.