Basic Tips on Digital Photography

In digital photography, an expensive camera can not in any way guarantee that you will become a skillful photographer. It will help you to enhance your skill as a photographer, but on its own, it can not do any good. A digital camera that is handy and afordable should be able to help you take that journey through photography. Most of the digital camera out there should give a good enough features to help you capture the most memorable images that you may run in to.

Some digital photography tips to help you capture stunning images that’s next to reality.

While most of the digital photographers do the same thing over and over again, this is to help gain enough experience and hopefully develop the skills that they want to achieve. Should not be any different for the common people starting with digital photography. Once the digital camera comes in place, take time to figure out the specification, play with the functions, and shoot limit less number of photographs, do not care of the outcome in the beginning, but make sure to get familiarize with the digital camera.

Most of the digital camera has a function to set the camera according to scenes. Fiddle around with this settings and get to know which one suits which situation. Go through the manual of the camera. Know the slightest details of the camera and its limitations.

If the camera has can shoot up to 10 megapixels, shoot at its maximum setting. It is what you have paid for anyway. Normally the price of a camera increases as its pixel rating increases as well. So go ahead and capture to the camera’s maximum ability. But always remember to buy the memory card with large capacity, so that it would not limit your number of shoots.

In the beginning you might take shots that is not perpendicular with the horizon. Making your images inclined. This is a result of hand movements and sometimes because of our in ability to focus straight. One way to overcome this is to again take a number of shots at one particular scene. Choose one that is you think straight enough and delete the rest.

Talking about lighting, you need not go to a professional and teach you that a person behind the sun will give you an image that is more like a silhouette, some sort like a shadow. While a person facing the sun or light will give the unnatural image, and might make your subject narrowed his eyes because of the sun. The best is that if you can stand the subject perpendicular form the ray of the sun, this will give a great hair line.

At times the eyes gives an undesirable shadows specially if your above the light. Make use of the flash at this situations. It is a good habit to make use of the flash in the flash mode function of your camera. Remember to get closer to your subject to give it the fill that it really needs.

One of the camera setting is the Macro. It will give great dynamics to your image. Giving that exhilarating appeal. Macro mode normally gives you a shallow depth of field. Which means only the subject that you have focused will be sharpen, the rest will be soft. Explore this mode and enjoy that dynamics in your images.

The self timer mode is one of the least use function of a digital camera. Use this to take an image or a scene with you being a part of that image. This function can also be use to eliminate any movements when you press that shoot button specially in longer shutter speeds.

White balance is another aspect that you may want to experiment with. An auto white balance will give you a cooler images. It automatically sets the cooler color for the scene. Try shooting in manual mode, lets say in cloudy whenever it is sunny. Or night if its indoor. It will give a nice warm color image.

Follow this simple steps and you might just be on the road to making every image looking like those taken by professionals. It may not be a short journey, but I can assure you that it will be worth the wait.

Photography For the Beginning Photographer

If you are a amateur photographer that is wanting to be able to sell your work, selling your photography online just may be the way for you to go. Maybe you have been thinking about it for a while and did not know where to start.

You start with the photo and you need a shot will catch the eye of anyone that may come across it. Your photo is your product and everybody wants a good product. Now you may be thinking that you need a great shot of some glamor place but this is not necessarily true. Not if you are selling your work online as stock photography.

Don’t get me wrong here, stock photography does have certain standards. What ever the subject you need to have a nice clean shot, but the beauty of stock photography is that the subject can be just about anything. A hand placed upon a keyboard is a photo that can sell over and over.

You can get started in stock photography with just a few basic things. The first of which would be your camera. You will want to use a digital camera and you want this digital camera to have at least 5 mega pixels. 5 mega pixels will give you the quality of photo that is acceptable for publication. I’m not going to go into mega pixels right now but the more pixel the better.

Next you will need a computer with internet connection. Most computers come with some type of photography program and have plenty of memory. As far as the internet I strongly suggest that you spend the money on high speed. Images take a lot to download or upload so if you are moving photos around the internet, you don’t wait to drop the connection and lose the image. Plus it feels like you are waiting forever.

Stock photography has a very low overhead compared to other photography business. This is a great way for the amateur photographer to break into the business and make some money. Yes, this can become a full time business for you. A key factor to being successful with your stock photography business is knowing what photography niche people are buying.

There is more than one method to find out what people are buying and it is well worth your effort to find out as much as you can about the subject. Digital photography is a big niche with a lot of micro niches. Don’t worry yourself, because right now there are some great books on this subject and you even have online photography courses that are available to you.

What is Photography All About

If you’re new to photography, but you’re interested in embracing it as a hobby, congratulations! Photography is an immensely enjoyable pastime that you’ll be able to enjoy and share with the people around you until the day you die.

If you’re wondering where to start, try reading the rest of this article for a basic introduction to photography, starting with the most basic question of all: what is photography?

– What is photography?

Strictly speaking, photography is ‘the process of producing a still picture by recording light radiation’. If we’re being generous we could say that photography has been around since the early 1800s, but in terms of it being something open to the average person to get involved in, the agreed-on date is more likely to be 1900 – the year in which Kodak introduced the $1 ‘Brownie’ camera.

Photography is somewhat unusual in that while it is definitely an art form (in that it’s capable of producing something that appeals to the senses) there are strong technical elements to it as well. In this way it contrasts with an art form such as drawing or painting, where little or no technical knowledge of the medium is necessary. It’s a rare professional photographer who isn’t also an expert with the technical aspects of photography, though they do exist.

– What sort of camera will I need?

This question has two very different answers. On the one hand, any kind of camera at all can be used to make interesting images, so one could say that that’s the answer: ‘any kind of camera at all’. On the other hand, photography is arguably its most enjoyable when done with a camera that is versatile and easy to control manually, and so one could say that the answer can only be: ‘an SLR’. Certainly if you don’t currently own a camera, you’re even remotely interested in taking up photography as a hobby, and you have the money, an entry-level (digital) SLR is the right way to go.

– How do I improve?

Unsurprisingly, getting better at photography involves a lot of trial and error. While digital photography makes trial and error a much better strategy than it used to be by massively reducing the cost of taking a photo, there’s still no need to do this blindly. Reading about photography in books, magazines and online is also a useful way to improve, as is looking at a lot of photographs taken by other people. You’ll quickly learn that people generally agree on a set of ‘rules’ that produce pleasing photography, and while eventually you’ll break these rules to good effect, there’s no question that it’s worth learning them first.

Beginning Photography

Photography is a wonderful hobby or career that is accessible to almost anyone who is interested. The great thing about photography is that anyone can pick up a camera and start taking pictures, but if you choose to learn more advanced methods there can be a steep learning curve. Then again, there are a few common pitfalls that you may wish to avoid if you’re just getting started.

Gear Everywhere!

With all of the photo equipment available, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all of the possibilities. Tripods, extra lenses, filters, darkroom gear, timers, lights, reflectors – the list is endless. If you don’t have a solid understanding of what you’re able to do with your camera, you’ll never be able to truly master the use of all of the accessories. Start off small with a basic digital SLR or a basic 35mm camera and only one lens. When you feel like you’ve pushed that as far as you can, then start looking for some fancy attachments.

Not Every Shot Will Turn Out

In the beginning, it’s common to miss a lot of great shots. In fact, not only will you miss a lot of great photographs, you’re also going to mess up on photos you were able to take. That’s why you should generally take every picture (that you care about) at least twice or at least closely look at the digital image in the LCD screen to make sure it turned out. This will help teach you about the subtleties of your camera’s inner workings, as well as provide a bit of safety in knowing you won’t miss the important things. Besides, in the day of digital the cost of shooting thousands of images is no more than shooting only ten.

Don’t Use Your Flash

You don’t need it. An automatic flash will at best teach you to ignore complex or difficult lighting situations and will at worse ruin your images. You should turn your flash off and get used to working with natural light and your camera’s settings so you can further develop your photography skills. You can take pictures without a flash in almost any environment. All you have to do is be a little creative in how you use the light that’s available.

Improve Your Composition

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to put your subjects in the exact center of the frame. This can create unnecessary space in your pictures and make them less interesting. Picture the frame or viewfinder of your camera as a cropping tool so you’ll always compose exactly what you want in your picture. Good framing is something that doesn’t take long to learn and will improve your work for a lifetime.

Point and Shoot

Simple digital cameras with giant LCD screens on the back are certainly tempting, but if you’re hoping to learn about the art of photography and challenge yourself to improve, you’re probably not going to get anything out of one. Many beginners pick these cameras due to their convenience and affordability, which is absolutely fine if you’re only intending to use it for non-professional or artistic purposes. If you want to understand photographs and the ways in which you can create them, you need to start with the right tool for the job.

Overall, these five mistakes are easy to avoid and won’t cause you much harm if you happen to stumble into one now and again. When learning photography it’s important to establish good habits and skills early on so you can continue to build upon a solid base of knowledge going forward. By regularly taking pictures and avoiding these common pitfalls, you’ll be taking great quality pictures in no time that you’ll be happy to share with others.