Monday, September 16, 2013

Photography 101: Basic Knowledge for Beginners

From shooting photos of your friends, the Grand Canyon, or a New York art exhibit, it's never too late to learn how to become a photographer and call all the shots. If you're interested in learning photography tips and becoming the next Nigel Barker, there are endless suggestions for improving what you capture beyond the lens. While camera type can determine the quality of a photo to some degree (my iPhone won't give me the same photo as my Polaroid), you can develop skills to get the best picture in any situation. Luckily, I've compiled some easy to use tips for beginners that will getting you snapping photos like a pro.

Know Your Camera
First, and most importantly, you should know how to use your camera. I mean, duh, right? Most cameras operate in some point and click format, but you don't want to look silly when you can't snap a basic shot. Play around with your camera. It is fun to know how you can use all your special settings available on your camera. We've come a long way since taking a picture on a piece of film to never be seen again until developed at your local drugstore or Wal-Mart. Learning how to adapt to locations and the weather while taking photos will be learned from knowing how to use your camera properly.

Light the Stage
Always use the right kind of lighting when taking pictures. It stinks to take 50 pictures with shadows and glares of eyes showing because you forgot to use the flash. Lighting is central part of photography considering it illuminates your subject. Without knowing where to position yourself in a sunny park, you could lose a photo. You must know how to position your subject and yourself to get the best picture possible. A fun tip to remember about lighting is that you should never take pictures of your subject with his or her back against the light. You'll end up with a darker photograph than you expected.

Go Ahead and Zoom
Get a closer shot by using your macro mode. Don’t get caught up taking pictures that leave your subject hard to see and distant. You can get closer to your subject without being physically closer by using your macro mode to zoom in. 

Experiment with it when you are shooting tiny objects or trying to focus on details of objects. Unfortunately, as you zoom, it's easier to distort images and make them blur so make sure you get a good focus before shooting pictures. If possible, use a tripod to keep the camera steady as photos are born.

Photos are Everywhere
Always take plenty of pictures when you begin. The perfect shot won't always present itself to you so don't sit still. Remember that you can takes as many photos as your camera can hold and then delete ones that didn't work later. When you are shooting pictures of sports or objects in motion, adjust you camera's setting accordingly and take plenty of photos to avoid blurred images that can ruin great memories. 

Use Your Eyes
Your most important asset in photography is not your camera. It’s not even the lens of the camera. It’s not any piece of equipment you use. It’s your eyes. It's the way you perceive and take your photographs. You can buy the most high tech, expensive camera on the market, but if you don’t take a compelling shot, the picture won’t come out as well as you hoped.

It's easy to learn to take good photographs, and with these basic pointers, you'll be able to use your camera like any other season photographer. So start snapping. It's as easy as point and click.

About the Author: Sue Long writes articles on personal hobbies like photography, scrapbooking, baking, sewing, and online web design schools.

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