Today I Learned...
- Digital photography is a complex subject, but you don't need to be an expert to get started
- The basics are relatively easy to learn, and they'll help you create better pictures
igital photography is one of the most exciting forms of art. It's also a great way to document the world around you and share it with friends and family. If you're just starting out in the world of DSLR cameras, the first thing you need to do is understand how your camera works.
Once you've got these basics down pat, start experimenting with different settings and techniques to see what works best for each situation!
Understanding your camera.
The first step to becoming a good photographer is understanding your camera. This means understanding how to use it, what every setting does, and how to change between modes and features on the fly.
You need to know what all those buttons, dials and modes do so you can confidently change them when you're shooting in the field. Each camera is different, but generally have the same settings.
Learn more: Top Camera Options for New Photographers.
Use a tripod
A tripod is a great tool for any photographer. Here's why:
- If you're doing long exposures or shooting in low light conditions where the light isn't even on your camera but off in the distance (such as with an ND filter), a tripod will help keep your camera steady.
- When there's windy conditions outside, having your camera mounted to a tripod will help prevent image blur from shaky hands or windy conditions that may cause movement during exposure time.
- Tripods also give you more flexibility when it comes to composition. You can adjust angles or heights easily without worrying about changing shutter speeds or f-stops if the camera moves around too much while hand holding it!
Identify the direction of light.
Light direction is important because it affects how your subject looks in your picture. Your goal is to make sure there's enough light to capture all the features of your subject, but not so much that it overpowers them.
You'll want to first identify whether the light is natural or artificial. Natural light comes from sources like the sun and moon, while artificial light (also known as studio lighting) comes from lamps, flashlights, etc. Natural lighting can be soft or harsh depending on where it's coming from (e.g., direct sunlight will generally have harsher shadows than indirect sunlight). Artificial lights can also vary greatly depending on which lamp you're using and how much distance there is between it and your subject (e.g., a dimmer bulb attached directly above your head may produce softer shadows than a brighter bulb across the room).
Find the right focal length.
The focal length of a lens determines how much of an image is in focus. The wider the focal length, the more of an image will be in focus. Conversely, if your lens has a shorter focal length (or you're using a zoom lens), then only part of your photo will be sharp at any given time.
For most photographers, this makes wide angle lenses great for landscapes or architecture shots but not so great for portraits and close-ups. Telephoto lenses on the other hand are ideal for photographing wildlife or shooting portraits from far away (e.g., celebrities).
There's no one perfect type of lens because every photographer has different uses for their camera; however there is one thing all good photographers agree on: Having a medium-range zoom is essential to being able to capture anything at all!
Shoot in manual mode.
Manual mode is the most powerful and flexible of all camera settings, but it's also more complicated and intimidating than automatic modes. Once you've gotten used to manual mode, though, there's no going back. You'll have more creative freedom and control over your shots than ever before!
- Manual mode lets you change shutter speed, ISO level, and aperture as needed for every shot
- There's a learning curve associated with manual mode—it will take some time before you can effectively use all three settings at once—but once you master them together on one photo shoot (or even just one day), they'll become second nature in future shoots
- In addition to being easier than automatic modes in terms of getting pro-level results without having any knowledge of how photography works at all beforehand
Capture motion and add drama.
The easiest way to capture motion and add drama is by using a fast shutter speed. A fast shutter speed is one that lets in less light than normal—between 1/1000th of a second and 1/30th of a second, depending on the ISO setting you choose. This allows your camera to capture moving objects without blurring them, which makes them look like they've been frozen in time.
The second way to capture motion is by using a wide aperture (or low f-number) setting on your lens when shooting in low light conditions. With this method, you'll want to make sure that there's plenty of ambient light so that it doesn't become too dark indoors or out at night.
Know how to use your flash.
In a portrait: If you want to light up your subject, you’ll need to use your flash. If there are other people around and they are facing the camera like in the example above, then this is an easy fix. All you have to do is turn on the flash and it will illuminate everyone except for your main subject. To take care of this problem, try moving closer so that half of these people are in front of your main subject while the other half are behind them (as shown below). Now when you turn on your flash it will only light up one person instead of 3 or 4!
In a dark area: Another reason why beginners should learn how to use their flashes outside is because sometimes there are areas that aren't lit well enough even though there's plenty of sunlight available. This could be due to trees blocking out some light or maybe a building nearby blocking all direct sunlight from hitting certain parts of whatever it may be that needs more illumination.
Learn how to shoot portrait photography.
You'll learn how to shoot portrait photography by looking at some of the most important parts of a portrait. A good portrait is more than just a subject's face, body, or clothes. It's all those things together!
We’ll start with the face. You need to pick up on some facial expressions so you can capture them in your photos. Then we'll move on to lighting and posing your subject until they look perfect!
The basic knowledge of digital photography will help you create better pictures.
Digital photography is a complex subject, but you don't need to be an expert to get started. The basics are relatively easy to learn, and they'll help you create better pictures.
We hope that this article has given you some helpful tips and tricks to get started with your photography. We want to be sure that you know that this is not a one-time thing; it’s something that you will keep learning and improving on every time you pick up a camera. So take your time, play around with different settings and styles, and enjoy the process of learning!