Basic Photography Tutorials: Digital Photography Tips and Hints for Beginners

Friday, February 1, 2013

Photography is a way of capturing great memories. It is an art form and a skill that is highly regarded in today’s world. Whether you plan on being a professional photographer or not, there are certain basics that everyone must know. We all want our pictures to look perfect, but no one knows how? Learning the basics of photography will help you a lot, here are a few tips to guide you.

The internet is a very useful source of information. Use it to your advantage and find out as much information as you can. Pick a brand that is established and well recognized in the industry. Having a good camera is half the part of taking a good picture, so make sure that you invest carefully.

Before you begin taking photos, you must have all the equipment. The first thing you should get is a tripod, it is absolutely necessary for quality digital photography. People with shaky hands should definitely consider buying one. It will give you better control and stability. You can even use the camera’s timer function to take even better pictures.

A good photographer always practices his craft. It doesn’t matter if you are an amateur photographer or a professional, you must use your camera to the fullest. Try new angles and shots, with time you will figure out the best shots for every occasion. Be creative and take pictures on different photo canvas’ so that you get an idea of the light outside.

Camera Settings
Your camera has so many options that you probably haven’t explored as yet. Be more flexible and figure out the functionality of your camera. Read the manual that comes along with the camera. Explore both indoor and outdoor settings and check their results.

Composition and Exposure
These are the two key elements that differentiate a good photograph from a bad one. The composition is the heart of the photograph. It is what the photographer is trying to portray to his audience, the elements that are present in the frame. Try to focus on your subject while eliminating the externalities, this way you can create a visually interesting shot. Exposure is something that is automatically controlled by the camera. But if you want to take better photographs then it is advised that you switch to manual mode. The exposure is the lightness or darkness of a picture and it can make or break a photograph.

White Balance
White Balance is again something that is set by your camera automatically. It varies depending on the light, you can alter the white balance manually as well. Often at times you might not be able to get the right balance and the colour might not look natural. However, you can edit it later and learn from your mistakes.

The flash on your camera can be a very useful tool if you know how to use it effectively. A lot of pictures can even be ruined by the use of flash if it is fired too close to the subject. So make sure that you only use it in the appropriate conditions. Some cameras have options where you can adjust the power of the flash, this way you can vary your usage depending on the conditions.

Don’t Delete
It is unwise to delete pictures on your camera because the LCD display on your camera does not show the true colours of the picture. Save these pictures for later and analyze them on the computer screen.

Author’s Bio: Alaine is a photo canvas expert and a retired photography teacher. She has over 30 years of experience working in the industry. She has also written articles and blogs on photography for online websites and magazines.