Are you a budding new photographer? Don’t worry, even the pros were new to photography once! At first glance, clicking pictures can seem daunting, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the entire process. Many beginners that later pursued photography careers have endured plenty of trial and error on the way to success. Though many photographers still prefer shooting with original film, many are finding that digital photography is easier to understand and less costly.
To help you get started, here are some of our top tips on digital photography:
1. Don’t invest too much money into photography equipment or assume that your affordable digital camera is holding you back. Sure, fancy digital cameras are all the rage, but ultimately, the quality of your photos depend on your ability to arrange your subject matter. Any professional photographer will tell you that composition is the key to achieving the perfect photograph.
2. You need the right light to achieve beautiful and stunning photographs. Many photographers get up early before the sun rises or wait until the sun goes down to catch the right lighting. Shooting pictures in bright daylight will cause the images to be out of focus or too harsh on the eyes. With enough practice, you’ll start to recognize the perfect lighting to achieve the photos you want.
3. Learn about the different settings that are available on your digital camera. All cameras work differently, but some of the major functions are universally found on all of them. The more you know about how to use your camera, the easier it will be to adjust the lenses or figure out which mode to shoot your photographs in.
4. Though many people initially assumed that it’s best to shoot your photographs in JPEG format, it’s not true. Choosing the JPEG format means that your images are set in stone, and when you go to edit them, you’ll find that the changes you’ve made compressed your images. Professional photographers prefer to use RAW as their format of choice. It directly uses the information from the camera and allows you to use the data directly on your computer to edit the images.
5. Be brave and don’t be afraid to make plenty of mistakes before you start to notice an improvement. No one woke up with a camera and started shooting gallery worthy images. Photography is an art form, and your work is never finished. The more you practice, the better you will get, but you will need the patience to excel!
6. Keep an eye out for an interesting subject matter that you can point and shoot. Often, novice photographers forget to look at the entire picture, and only focus on one object. You need to consider the entire composition of the piece, and that should include the background. The background of your photographs should add to the overall appeal of your photography, and not detract from it.
7. You will want your pictures to be sharp and well focused. One of the most important ways that you can control this is by truly paying attention to shutter speed. The focal length of the lens should be equivalent to the shutter speed to shoot the perfect images. Usually, you can listen, and if you hear the shutter open and close, you will end up with a blurred photo.
If you’re dedicated to your art, it’s important never to lose faith and have enough patience to learn how to do better. No one became a professional overnight, and if you’re serious about your work, be prepared to spend years on trial and error.