The last decade has been a turning point for the arm chair photographer. Once a fringe art practiced only by those who had the patience to deal with the intricacies of film, today, becoming a “photographer” is as simple as going to Best Buy and picking up an entry level DSLR. But even the newest, most feature packed camera will never take good pictures if you don’t have the slightest clue of what you’re doing. Taking good shots of model helicopters isn’t easy. Taking great shots is even harder. In this post I’ll try and lift the veil on the basics of what gear you need, some common mistakes to avoid, and most importantly, how to use that gear to it’s greatest potential.