I’ll start this by saying that I’m no photographer; it’s a hobby for me that I have become a bit obsessive about so I have spent time learning. We all understand obsession and we’re all here to learn so I thought I would share some of the things I have learned about shooting snaps. I’m no authority and I’m sure there will be differing opinions so I’m just going to share what works for me. Executive Summary Taking great pipe photos is easy. There are only five simple things you need to do 1, Make sure it’s bright 2, Get close to your pipe 3, Get your background away from your pipe 4, Put your pipe in the middle of the picture 5, Try not to move your camera when taking the picture Now let me take a few thousand words to explain why. Expensive photography equipment is not essential for taking good photos; it just makes your life easier. Typically, the more fancy the camera and lighting, the more control the photographer has of all the parameters that affect a photo and the more expensive it is. A simple point and shoot camera makes all the decisions for you based on the software within the camera so all you have to do is put the subject within the frame and click. This does not mean that you can’t take great photos with a simple camera; it just means you need to understand what decisions the camera is making for you and how you can leverage this to your benefit. To keep things in perspective, I’m going to take most of the photos shown with my iPhone. Unless otherwise indicated, assume the photo came from my phone. Parameters that affect a photograph: - Shutter speed - Aperture - Film/sensor sensitivity - Focus - Sensor resolution - Quality of Light I’m going to take these out of order because that’s the way my brain works. We’ll start by talking about megapixels (sensor resolution) because I just want to get that out the way first. Then we’ll talk about exposure which is a product of sensor sensitivity, shutter speed and aperture. Then touch on focus and finally get to the meat of quality of light.