Digital Cameras come in lots of different shapes and sizes, but they all have a few basic things in common: a lens to focus on your subject, housing (Camera body), and an electronic sensor to record the photograph digitally. In this post, I gathered some basic tips and interesting links to let you begin your photography journey if you are a beginner photographer. On the other hand, if you are a qualified photographer, you will surely find something new.
The great thing about digital cameras is that they have no ongoing costs, such as film and developing. So the key to success in photography is learning, then you can experiment over and over again and immediately see the results.
Tip 1: Learn & understand the photography basics
If you’re looking for learning photography basics and getting full control of your camera then you might like to check out our comprehensive tutorials:
Also, there is an introductory photography course, follow the below links:
- 1st course: Camera Basics & functions
- 2nd Course – Natural Light Photography Tips
- 3rd course: Shutter type, shutter speed, freezing movement, zoom panning, bulb, fill flash & techniques to practice
- 4th Course – Aperture And Depth Of Field
- 5th course: Circle of confusion, sharpness, resolution, contrast, composition rules & setting up your camera
At last, there are three question and answer lists, they offer you with quick answers to commonly asked photography questions and a Photography Glossary:
- Questions & Answers For Photography- Basic Q&A list
- The Digital Photography Tips- Advanced Q&A
- The Digital Photography Tips- Ultimate Q&A List
- Photography Glossary
Tip 2: Pick up the right camera for you & Know and practice its setting
When you’re building your experience and knowledge of photography, the go-to question is: “What is the best camera for photography?” Everyone’s answer depends on what you are doing, or what kind of photography you are interested in. It is reasonable to go through the different types of cameras to understand their capabilities and to be able to know the major differences between them. The posts below will introduce to you some capabilities of different kinds of cameras and some recommendation.
Tip 3: Learn how to pick up the suitable lens
Choosing a suitable lens for certain shooting conditions is a very difficult task and need a lot of effort like reading reviews and asks experienced photographers throughout social Media.
If you succeeded in making a short list of interested lenses for certain shooting conditions, you should consider using DxOMark which is an Independent, trustworthy website to help you compare different types of lenses and cameras. The following tutorials provide you with basic information about lenses.
Tip 4: Discover the different types of photography
People tend to specialize or lean towards one or two types of photography for many reasons. But, I think that knowing that there are many types and genres of photography, will inspire and encourage you to try them. The following are some types of photography:
Capturing peoples’ moods and expressions is an intriguing subject for photographers. They can be close-up images, body portraits, etc. Typically the face is the focus of this type of photography. While taking a portrait, the photographer should ensure that the subject’s face is sharp and focused, especially his or her eyes. The subject’s pose should also be flattering, and try to capture a person’s natural expressions.
This is one of the most popular types of photography, Shooting photographs of natural environments, known most commonly as landscape photography, is one of the most popular and fun ways to get started in the art of taking pictures. The Wikipedia site defined landscape photography as capturing the presence of nature but it can also focus on man-made features or disturbances of landscapes. While it may seem simple to snap a couple of photos of a mountain or a hillside, it can be a bit more complicated than point and shoot.
Architectural photography has an almost endless range of possibilities, there are chances to capture some of the world’s most significant monuments at one end, whilst at the other end of the scale, and there are chances to capture someone’s humble home or living space. Shooting old and historical buildings is an interesting part of architectural photography, also the interior of the building is another wonderful part of architectural photography; they can offer you a big chance to capture some amazing photos.
Night photography refers to photographs taken outdoors between dusk and dawn. You don’t need to travel a lot to search for exotic places to take photos, you can still get stunning photographs of some subjects, places, buildings, city streets, etc., they look ordinary and maybe boring at daylight, but they turn into fantastic scenes at night. Night photographers generally have a choice between using artificial light and using a long exposure, exposing the scene for seconds, minutes, and even hours in order to give the digital sensor enough time to capture a suitable amount of light.
Sports photography refers to the genre of photography that covers all types of sports. In the majority of cases, professional sports photography is a branch of photojournalism. The main application of professional sports photography is for editorial purposes; dedicated sports photographers usually work for newspapers, major wire agencies or dedicated sports magazines. However, sports photography is also used for advertising purposes both to build a brand and as well as to promote a sport in a way that cannot be accomplished by editorial means.
Wedding photography is the photography of activities relating to weddings. It encompasses photographs of the couple before marriage (for announcements, portrait displays, or thank you cards) as well as coverage of the wedding and reception. A decent wedding retains the most ravishing memories in one’s lifetime. Everyone envisions that their wedding day will be astonishing, the cake, the music, the flowers, the guest, the venue but what makes these memories live forever is the artistic photographs.
Macro photography is extreme close-up photography, usually of very small subjects and living organisms like insects, flowers, Jewelry, even a water droplet in which the size of the subject in the photograph is fully filled the photo frame. Macro photography brings out the minute details of the chosen subject. Things that are not normally visible to the human eyes look amazing in macro photography.
Every parent wants to document their child’s birth, right from the birth room till they grow up. It’s a great way to preserve memories and it’s a fun way of gifting your little one when they grow up into adults.
Many years ago, Street photography was most commonly referred to as photography of subjects/people within (public) cityscapes in a manner reminiscent of documentary photography. Nowadays the street photography has moved solely toward photographing people in situations and emphasizes the foreign or the funny situation and subjects.
Food photography is a still life photography genre used to create attractive still life photographs of food. This type of photography is used by restaurants, websites or bloggers to entice customers to try and sell their products.
Tip 5: Know the common shooting techniques
One of the great things about mastering different photography techniques is finding new ways to incorporate them into everyday compositions. By using one or more of the techniques that I’ll mention below, can enhance everyday subjects, and turn ordinary scenes into creative and artistic images that really stand out. The following are some common techniques:
Panorama photography- Photo stitching technique
Panoramic photography is a technique of photography using specialized equipment and software, to capture images with horizontally elongated fields of view. It is sometimes known as wide format photography. Check the following post:
Slow shutter speed technique
Long exposure photography implies utilizing a long shutter speed, and also a tripod, and regularly a remote shutter release. The subsequent impact is to strongly catch stationary components of a scene while smearing, blurring, or darkening any moving components.
Light trails, Star trails and blurring falling or moving water are examples of this technique.
High shutter speed technique- Freezing the motion
On modern digital camera, you can choose shutter speeds up to 1/8000th of a second – unbelievably fast! This means the screen opens for only 1/8000th of a second. In this brief minute, time is truly frozen and you can easily freeze the movement of very fast moving subjects.
HDR photography – Bracketing technique
The need to apply bracketing is very logical, if you took three photos of the same subject, one at normal exposure, the second at darker exposure, and the third at a brighter exposure, you would have a better chance of getting a properly exposed shot to choose from. That is the first obvious option, but the second amazing one is to process the three images in special software to produce an amazing HDR photo.
Focus Stacking technique
Focus stacking simply means taking multiple photos of the same subject, each with a different focused spot. This is followed by the use of post-processing software like Adobe Photoshop to align the focused portion of each image and blend them into one final-and-focused image. It is a really simple technique that everyone can use on their photos. Focus stacking technique is usually applied in macro photography, landscape photography, and low light photography.
Low & high key photography
Low key photography refers to a style of photography that utilizes predominantly dark tones to create a dramatic looking image. The key here is not producing dark images but to use lighting very selectively so that only specific portions of the image are illuminated.
It is a style of lighting that aims to reduce the lighting ratio present in the scene. It is used to get the best photos that suggest an upbeat, low contrast, and happy-looking mood. The terminology comes from the higher balance in the ratio between the key light and the fill light in a traditional three-point lighting setup.
The panning technique is taking a shot while panning your camera horizontally along in time, and tracking a moving subject, and ends up getting a relatively sharp subject against a blurred background.
Bokeh effect technique
Bokeh is the quality of out-of-focus or “blurry” parts of the image rendered by a camera lens; it is NOT the blur itself or the amount of blur in the foreground or the background of a subject. It is simply the quality and feels of the background/foreground blur and reflected points of light.
The Time Lapse Photography
Time-lapse photography is a photography technique that compresses the time. A natural event may take minutes, hours, or even days to actually happens, by the time-lapse technique you will compress this the time of this event and shoed it in a short video or footage that takes only seconds. A plant growing process or the opening of a flower, for example, can take hours or days to complete, by using the time-lapse technique you can really summarize this event visually in a video that only takes few seconds to watch.
Moving a Still Photo Technique
PLOTAGRAPH Pro is an incredible new photography tool that can take any still image and animate it into a beautiful looping GIF or video file. Unlike other Cinemographs software, that produces videos and GIF files also, but they use a video footage and require specific video production which adds considerably to the costs. With Plotagraph pro, no need to shoot a video or capture multiple frames, a single JPEG is all that application needs.
Tip 6: Be aware of composition rules
What makes a good photo is a good composition. There are many composition rules; the tutorials below give you some ideas about photo compositions.
Tip 7: Learn how to use a flash
Flash photography opens up a whole new world of possibilities to take some truly amazing photos that just wouldn’t be possible with natural light. It is important to understand that your flash unit is just another light source at your disposal. Fortunately, you can control the light it produces and shapes it to your needs. Below are some interesting posts about using flash in photography.
Tip 8: Learn editing software
After taking your photos, you probably discover that you need to crop your photo, may want to adjust and straighten the horizon, improve lighting and colors, Remove unwanted content, add creative effects, and may want to increase sharpness, etc. There are many things you can do by using photo editing software, I believe that editing your photo is a must job to be done. The below links present to you a group of well-known editing software.
Tip 9: Consider photo organizing and printing
With the zero running cost of taking photos nowadays, together with the vastly increased use of smartphone cameras, we all end up with enormous numbers of photos scattered among computers and cameras and social media. It is becoming a problem when trying to search or organize that huge number of photos; the problem became worst when you need to change your PC or your phone. So, uploading all your photos to a photo hosting sites may be the solution.
Learning how to print a photo is important because there’s something beautiful and special about a physical print. When we look at a printed image or flip through an album we really slow down and appreciate it, rather than clicking through thousands of digital files without even stopping to really look.
Tip 10: Get familiar with different camera accessories
Digital camera accessories will help you get the most out of your photography or help you take better shots. Camera shops and online retailers are full of enticing accessories that promise to help with your new hobby, but which do you actually need? The following posts will help you decide what kit to consider and what it is used for.
Tip 11: Take care of your camera
Lenses tend to get a little grimy and unclean over time. The below tutorials explain basic tips for cleaning them up so that your shots will be as clear as possible.
One of the fastest ways to ruin every single shot you take with your DSLR camera is to have a dirty image sensor. Changing lenses frequently in a windy environment can cause some dirt or particles to enter your camera body. This tutorial gives some basic tips on how to ensure it stays as clean as possible.
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