Are you new to photography? Did you just get yourself a DSLR camera? Congrats to you! The world of photography is a lot of fun; albeit the hard work to learn and master the gazillion of photography techniques and tricks that you need to learn, and the quest to develop your own style. To avoid overwhelming yourself, you should start by learning the basics first.
Check out the top 7 must-learn tricks for photography novices:
1. Choosing the right shooting mode.
The scene modes available in your digital camera are suited for fine shots. However, you will have to be more creative with their use when you want to elevate your captured photos. Choose the Aperture Priority mode when you want to emphasize the depth of field while the Shutter Priority Mode is best used for moving subjects (such as sports). If you would like the camera to do the hard work, then you can go for the Program Mode as the camera automatically adjusts the right program for you.
There are three factors to consider when choosing the right lighting for your subject: direction, quality and quantity. All of these three factors should align properly to get the best possible light.
3. Choosing the image file type
According to photography experts, you need to choose the RAW image type over JPEG. This will make it easier for you to do post-processing edits to the photo you just captured, especially if you want to enhance the colors or lighting.
4. Use a tripod
If you have shaky hands, this accessory is a life saver. You can capture photos to no end without having to worry about how your hands are positioned. When you set up your camera on a tripod, it makes it easier to focus on your subject and manipulating your camera for the best shot possible.
5. Shutter speed
The shutter speed (as indicated by the sound the camera makes when you click on the capture button) is a crucial factor in taking the perfect shot. Hence, listen to that clicking sound. If the shutter is too slow, it might be the reason why your shots are blurred. The right shutter speed setting can be the difference that will make your photos look sharper.
6. Learn the basic rules first.
When you get your DSLR camera, it is too tempting to be doing all the difficult tricks to showcase your photography prowess. However, always start with the simplest tricks first. Unless you can master the basics, you will always find the difficult techniques overwhelming. As the old saying goes, you must know the rules before you can break them.
7. Take photos regularly.
This is probably the most important tip that beginners will learn. Take photos constantly. Do not overlook even mundane subjects. Photography is a constant learning process. Even the best photographers can learn a thing or two to enhance their technique with constant practice. You should too!
How do you sharpen your photography skills? Which of these beginner tips can you most relate to?