Photography is a hobby that takes talent and can be intimidating for a beginner. Many new photographers can be overwhelmed by all the resources out there. The following tips will help you sort out the avalanche of photography information out there, and get on with the business of shooting better photographs.
Use photo manipulation programs to create images that would have been impossible with ordinary film only, including those that resemble watercolors, pencil sketches, and oil paintings. There are various image editing software for digital photos, but the program Adobe Photoshop, is pretty much the industry standard. Providing your photos with those artistic conversions is simply a matter of opening the “filter” menu and picking the effect you find most appealing.
Play around with shutter speeds to determine which work best during what situations. You can choose to leave the shutter open and capture the night sky as it swirls overhead, or set if for a fraction of a second to capture high speed action. Faster shutter speeds should be used to capture objects in motion, while slower shutter speeds are great for still shots.
Having the background slightly out of focus, when shooting a live subject, can really enhance your photograph. If the background is just as in focus as the subject, it takes the eye away from where you the viewer should be looking. You can do this by making the background farther away than your subject.
You need to find a healthy mix of shutter speed, ISO and aperture. All of these features will work to determine the exposure for your picture. You want to avoid either overexposing or underexposing a picture except in some special cases. Fiddle with the features on your camera to learn how they work.
Take the time to make anyone who models for you comfortable, and this is especially true if they are not familiar with you. A lot of people look at someone taking pictures as a potential threat. You can ease their reluctance by engaging them in a friendly conversation and asking permission to photograph them. Let them understand that photography is not a way of invading their privacy, but it is rather an art.
Play with the notion of scale, perspectives and expressions. An ordinary object can be transformed to art if the setting distorts its actual size, or lends a silly or unique perpective. Play around with different photo composition ideas to get new takes on everyday objects.
There are three important factors you need to consider when the subject of your photograph is a landscape. Working backwards these are background, mid ground and, of course, the foreground. This concept is not exclusive to photography, however. Painters rely on the idea to add visual depth to their creations.
Frame each of your shots. This refers not to a physical frame around a printed photo, but to a “natural” frame sought out in the camera’s field of view. When you are taking a picture, you should look for a natural frame for your subject. This will help you practice creating compositions.
These tips should give you some useful information to help you organize your thoughts on photography. Always try and remember these tips whenever you are taking pictures, as they are important in becoming a good photographer.