Welcome to the photography world! As you can see, it is a very big world complete with all kinds of techniques. Identifying the areas that will be most useful for you to study and practice may be a little difficult, given how personal your photographic choices are. Here are some suggestions to help almost every photographer.
Decide what is going to be in your picture. A quality picture should capture a significant aspect of the object your are photographing. Do not try showing too much. A series of photographs taken in succession which lack a focus on a single subject create a story, or a general impression of a scene.
Try different settings on the camera such as shutter speed or what works the best for you. Depending how fast or slow you set your shutter speed, you can create a variety of effects ranging from crisply focused actions shots to softly blurred images. 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.
A very sunny day may seem perfect for photographs, but taking a picture in direct sunlight has many pitfalls. Direct sun will cast shadows and cause glares but it will cause highlights that are uneven and your subjects may squint. Early morning or twilight are much better choices for photo shoots.
When taking a photograph, keep a firm grip on your camera and stabilize your arms against your body. This keeps the camera steady and reduces the number of blurred shots you take. Keeping your hands under the lens and camera, instead of holding it at the top, will also help you avoid dropping the camera by accident.
This next piece of advice is helpful! When you know how the shutter speed affects your photographs, you can manipulate them to add interest to your pictures. On your SLR camera there are several settings; S, A, M and P. “P” means program mode. This will have the shutter speed ad aperture already set. If you have no clue about what subject you’re photographing, the “P” setting is helpful.
When you are traveling, start shooting photos right when you are leaving. Once you arrive you may find plenty of times to take pictures, but photograph the journey too. Take pictures of the journey. An airport provides lots of interesting, unique subjects for taking great pictures.
These are important shots to capture, so ensure your batteries are fully charged. Using the LCD on a digital camera drains the batteries, so always ensure that the battery is fully charged before leaving the house. If you are really serious about photography, then you might even want to carry extra batteries in your camera bag, so you never miss anything good.
Make sure to find an interesting subject to photograph. Despite the quality of your equipment or photo taking skills, if you don’t have a great subject it doesn’t matter. Find a subject that brings you inspiration, whether it be a model or an object.
Find the right combination between shutter speed, aperture and ISO. The three features together determine the photograph’s exposure. You don’t want to overexpose or underexpose a picture, unless you are going for a certain look. Try these different features to understand how they influence the pictures you are taking.
When trying your knack at photography, you have many different techniques you can use that will help improve your shots. Photographers have so many techniques at their disposal that they need to personalize their style to really excel at their craft. This article has given you plenty of ideas for getting great shots.