Photography is not tremendously simple, in that a fair degree of technical knowledge and innate skills are required. However, this doesn’t mean that you have to be a natural born photographer, you just have to understand that it is going to require a lot of hard work.
Implement digital techniques to give your pictures great effects. There is a variety of digital software available on the market, but the standard is considered to be Adobe Photoshop. With image editing software, transforming your photograph into a painting is sometimes as easy as applying a simple filter or mask.
Different locations and lighting situations call for varying shutter speeds to produce the best results. You can capture both a fleeting image or a long time-lapse photograph. Lighting quick shutter speeds are great for sports shots with lots of action, while slow shutter speeds are nice for landscapes without a lot of movement.
It is important to give your photos depth when capturing landscapes. Establish a sense of scale by placing an object within the foreground of your picture. Giving sharp focus to your photos can be as simple as changing your settings. Apertures less than f/8 for digital cameras, and f/16 for full framed SLR cameras, will give you the image you really want.
A slightly blurred background is better for shots of people. A heavy focus on the background may draw your viewer’s attention away from your subject. This is most easily accomplished by moving your subject further away from the backdrop.
Almost all digital cameras contain a built-in flash, and it will pop up automatically when dim conditions are detected. This is good for random, candid shots, but if you want a professional look, invest in a flash that is external and offers more lighting. Make sure that your camera contains a “hot shoe” that accommodates an external flash. Make a trip to a camera store to make sure you get the right flash for your camera.
Find the right combination between shutter speed, aperture and ISO. The combination of these three properties will affect the photo’s exposure. You don’t want to overexpose or underexpose a picture, unless you are going for a certain look. Experiment with these features to find out how they interact with each other and what kind of combination you like to use.
If you want to experience old-fashioned film photography, try going to a second-hand store to find a film camera. Use black and white film with a 200 ISO for a dramatic effect that can work in many situations. Once you develop your film, try printing it on different paper styles, including ones that are fiber-based.
Make sure that you adjust your cameras white balance whenever you are taking pictures under florescent lights. Blue and green light is usually given off by fluorescent lights, so subjects of your photos might take a tone cooler than you intended, unless you compensate with the red tones.
Experiment with varieties of expressions, scale and perspective. Place ordinary objects in extraordinary settings or ones that draw attention because they are out of context. Work on your compositions to get a unique take on a familiar object.
Challenge your creativity by creating a limitation for your photo shoot. As an example, you may decide to take pictures for the day that represent the concept of “sour.” Restrict yourself to standing at one point or staying in one room for your next 100 photos. By enforcing this limitation, your mind has to find new ways to express the subject in a great photograph and this causes you to think beyond your normal comfort-zone.
Before taking a shot of your subject, take a quick look around for any eye-catching patterns, either natural or artificial. Repeating patterns in a photo’s background attract the viewer’s eye and draw his attention to your photograph. They can be used to your advantage; place them in the background of a picture to add interesting angles.
It is important that you understand the ISO function of your camera and what it can do to your photo. Setting the ISO at a higher level increase the grain and noise of your photograph. This can completely ruin your shot.
Exercise patience with setting up your subject into the right pose. If many of your family photos look bad, it could be because they’re candid shots, or you caught them by surprise. This gives you a better shot of getting the perfect shot.
Camera equipment is fragile and quite expensive, so make sure that you’re protecting your equipment with a solid carrying case. Most cases of damaged equipment are the result of a photographer who did not properly protect their gear. You can find a protective case in an electronics store or any place that also has cameras for sale.
The way that you hold your camera is of utmost importance in photography. This is not a minor grab and shoot issue, it is a conscious effort that has to be examined every time you pick up the camera. If you do not hold the camera steady, your picture will not come out perfect. Hold your arms close against your body, and use your non-dominant hand to support the lens.
By following these tips, you’ll be on the right path to becoming a professional photographer. Taking photos requires creativity and is not just picking up the camera and pressing the shutter button. Photography is all about immortalizing the art that exists in the world by capturing one moment at a time.