That is awesome as it can be very rewarding. With so much information available, it can be hard to know where to start. The next few paragraphs will see to it that you have a foundation on which to build your photography skills.
As you advance in your photography skills and find that it is becoming a serious endeavor for you, you will probably want to invest in a dSLR camera. This is the digital version of the venerable single-lens reflex instrument, the professional tool that shows you exactly what the camera sees as it takes a picture. Preferably, you want a full-frame DSLR, which will provide the biggest image sensor and the most detailed photos.
One of the most important elements of photography is the ability to frame a shot. You should zoom in on your main focal point to eliminate anything that takes away from your main subject. This method can help eliminate any unnecessary focal points and prevent tons of clutter in your pictures.
If you are traveling with your photography equipment, make sure it is stored properly. Take the lenses you anticipate using, and don’t forget to bring along additional batteries and cleaning equipment. Try to pack as lightly as possible, without forgetting any of the essentials, so that your bag remains easy to manage during travel.
If you are unable to develop your negatives often, make sure you have a memory card large enough to store all of your photos. Optimizing your storage capacity will ensure that you do not waste time changing memory cards or choosing shots to delete during a session. An added benefit of a larger memory card is that you will be able to shoot in RAW (if your camera has this capability). The RAW format preserves more details than JPEG and allows for a lot of flexibility once you get into post-production.
Move in close to your subject. It’s frustrating for the viewer to not clearly see the details of the subject because the camera was too far away. Do everything you can to make sure your subject stands out and is seen clearly.
Move and look at your subject from different angles. Unique angles can add an artistic element to your pictures.
Hold your breath while taking pictures to get the perfect shot, all while remaining still. Even if you move the camera a little, it can ruin the photo. Just before hitting the button, take a moment to steady the camera and take a deep breath.
Reverting to using a film camera can allow you to take photos that give a retro impression. If this is what you want, you may find a good film camera at a garage sale or thrift store. A film that has an ISO number of 200, with your black-and-white capture, will give you a dramatic effect. Use different types of paper when you develop your prints, for example a fiber-based paper.
Composition is an important factor that every beginning photographer should consider and educate themselves on. As with any type of art, poor composition can seriously degrade the quality of the work. Composition requires you to find lines and patterns in your images. Learning about it will truly improve the quality of your photos.
If you are shooting photographs in a florescent light setting, make sure that you adjust your camera’s white balance settings appropriately. Fluorescent lights cast blue and green light, so your subjects might appear a cooler hue than you expect, unless you compensate for lack of the color red with your camera.
It is common to come from a background of thinking everything has to be even and centered. To get interesting photos, it’s preferred to be a little off-center with your shots, even in a “perfect” society. Be wary of your camera’s auto-focus feature as it will simply focus on whatever is directly in the middle of the lens. Focus the shot manually, then fix the focus before hitting the shutter button.
You might be more creative if you use limits. For example, pick a day to shoot only one kind of conceptual image, such as “sweet.” One way to improve technique in photography is to photograph the same object or scene over and over again. 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.
With photography, it is up to you if you would like to expose the shadows or highlights of a subject. You can take 2 pictures of the same subject and expose one of each. Then you would need to use a software program such as Photoshop to blend them together.
A tripod is an excellent tool that will help you take higher quality photographs. If you like to take low-speed photos, any slight move from you can ruin the picture. An inexpensive tripod can really help you to take a steady shot, that will come out crisp and clear. If you purchase a quality tripod, you’ll be able to avoid unexpected results, and will produce more professional looking pictures.
Finding the right brand of film for yourself is necessary to be a good photographer. Everyone has their own preferences, and one person’s preferred brand may be a poor choice for another person. There are not large quality differences between brands. This is a personal decision.
You should now have some ideas about new steps you will take to improve your picture taking skills. Implementing new ideas into your process helps to keep your photographs fresh and dynamic. Keep practicing and learning, and in time, your photographs will be works of art.