Photography 101: Basics and Guide
Have you always had an interest in photography but weren’t sure how to get started? Are you still hesitant about lighting and angle? Even for people that have taken many photographs, new ideas and advice are always useful, and the tips following could end up becoming quite handy indeed.
In order to produce professional results, a professional-quality camera is necessary. You want to look at purchasing a DSLR camera to get the best photographs. Purchasing a digital single lens reflex camera will improve the quality of your photos.
Try out different adjustments in the white balance feature. Indoor lighting will often be tainted with yellow tints from bulbs and flourescent fixtures. Instead of augmenting the light in the room, adjust the camera’s white balance for a different atmosphere. This slight change in quality will make your photographs have a much more professional look about them.
A slightly blurred background is better for shots of people. When everything in the picture is focused including the background, it will make the picture a bit busy and it will be hard for the viewers to specifically focus on the subject of the picture. Make sure you place the background further away than normal when you are shooting your subject.
An essential element of taking great photographs is taking a large amount of them make sure you have a substantial memory card to store them all. A big memory card will allow you to hold a lot more pictures. You will also be able to shoot RAW photos when you have a big memory card, which will allow you to edit them the most in post-production.
Quite often, digital cameras have an automatic flash function that automatically goes off when the light is dim. Auto-flash is great for amateur photographs, but for a cleaner more professional look you should have an external unit with a broader range for your camera flash. Look at your camera and determine whether or not it features a “hot shoe” near the top this is where the external flash unit attaches to the camera. Bring it with you to the camera store to find the right model if your camera can accommodate the external flash.
Carefully read the entire manual that came with your camera. Manuals are usually thick and heavy. They are often banished to the bottom drawer or tossed entirely. Instead of losing it, take time to actually read your manual. This is a great way to learn the ins and outs of your particular camera.
Be sure to manually adjust the white balance when taking pictures. This has a dramatic effect on the mood of the photo, and provides you with the ability to control the way your photos look. You will have to get used to using a manual white balance, but once you do, you will gain more creative control over your photographs.
You have to commit with time and effort to learn more about photography and the art that you want to create if you’d like to learn more about taking good pictures. Photography is part part and science art, so once you have learned a few things, it’s time to get out there and make your unique mark on the photography world.