The digital camera is one of the most popular digital gadgets out there, and almost every household has one of these.
Have you recently got yourself a digital camera?
It makes sense to brush up on some basic photography skills, as they can greatly enhance the photos that you take.
You may find it amusing, but the fact is that a lot of people are just content shooting in the auto mode, where you just have to click, irrespective of the features that the camera has.
Top Digital Photography Tips for Beginners
So how can you make the best of your digital camera? Here are some really useful tips that will help you to improve your photography skills right away.
If you have spent some time with the camera, I’m sure you would have figured by now, that it is best to shoot with the sun behind you. Natural sun light offers the best lighting to help you shoot pictures with vivid colors and deeper details, so you need to learn how to exploit the sunlight to your advantage. You also need to be careful of the bright and overhead sunlight (considered harsh) as they can display harsh shadows and also wash out details from the face.
Background elements behind your subject could very well make or mar the results of your photos. For this reason, you should know how to evaluate the clutter and other disturbing elements behind your subject. Avoid capturing photos with a competing or busy background. Look for any objects that take the attention away from your subject, and remove them before taking photographs.
More often than not, the way you hold your digital camera to shoot your subject can make a huge difference between a good photo and an amazing one. At times, you simply need to modify its angle for capturing some really creative shots. Try moving your camera in relation to the subject to see what works best; experiment a little with your composition by zooming in and zooming out. You can get some really amazing pictures by experimenting.
It is important to experiment with Flash as you can achieve some great results by using it properly. You need to learn how to maintain the proper distance from your subject. Usually, if you get too far from your subject, you might end up with dark pictures. On the contrary, if you get too close, you might get overexposed flash photos.
One can get some spectacular shots at night, even with the flash turned-off. For that you need to ensure that the shutter speed is slower, so that enough light can get in. It is also very important to stay steady else you will end up with blurred pictures. I am sure you would have already experienced this blurring effect. For best results, it is best to place your camera on a tripod and set its shot timer to avoid any camera movement.
Though sunlight is important for good photos, you can also capture some breathtaking pictures in overcast conditions. You need to be careful enough to wrap your camera in some plastic bag, to prevent it from getting wet. Make a hole that is big enough for the lens to poke through, so that you can take photos. The key to taking good pictures in cloudy conditions is to make colors pop up, in contrast to the cloudy sky.
Top Ten Digital Photography Tips by Rick Sammon
Here are top tips by professional photographer ‘Rick Sammon’ to help you take excellent pictures. These photos were shot on location in the Desert of Fire, NV.
Some of his tips are on topics such as:
Checkout the video here…
More Tips By Pro Photographer Tracey Clark
Lean how to arrange and compose your shot by using proper techniques. You can get great results by using proper focusing and playing around with shutter lag, varying subject positioning, using different angles and perspectives, and so on.
Here’s a useful video that talks about the importance of shooting loads of pictures, how to get in close to your subject, how to change your perspective, and so on. The part about locking in the focus and then changing composition is a good take-away.
You can use these techniques, even with your Canon Powershot or Sony cybershot, and still get great photos.
Photography Tips for Beginners by Richard Petty
Here are some cool photography tips by Richard Petty who has several years of photography experience & primarily shoots wedding portrait, dance photography, and wedding photography in St. Louis.
Taking great pictures is all about experience, and is usually more important than buying expensive equipment. In this video, he talks about useful concepts like manual control of aperture, film speed and speed of exposure.
You can follow these suggestions using your beginner camera for general purpose photography and start producing great images.
However if you have the budget to spare, you can get yourself a nice DSLR camera that will give great results.
How to Improve Further?
Here are some more things that you should do, to improve your photography:
- Read the Instruction Manual Carefully: This will help you better understand your camera, and its features.
- Keep Practicing: Use your camera regularly to develop your photography skills. Click different kinds of pictures, try out all its features. Experiment with lighting, shutter speed and so on.
- Checkout Forums, blogs and Websites: This will help you gain insight into the creative world of photography.
- Keep practicing, keep clicking!
There are so many books and magazines on digital photography that will help you get to the next level. You have to keep practicing, try out newer things, both while taking pictures as well as in photo-editing. The more you experiment, the sooner you will get better at photography.
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