Basic Photography for Beginners
Did you go out and spend a whole bunch of money on one of those big fancy digital camera’s and are now feeling disappointed because you aren’t getting any better pictures from it? Do you want to be able to take it off of Auto mode and actually have a clue about what you are doing? Try reading through these tips and before you know it, you will be on your way to taking great pictures!
Shutter Speed:The shutter speed is what determines the amount of light that is allowed into the lens. A very fast shutter speed, such as 1/250 seconds, allows only a small bit of light into the lens. So if you are shooting in very bright conditions, then allowing a very small amount of light into the lens, you will get the picture you are looking for. On the other hand, by using a long shutter speed, such as 0.5 seconds, you will be allowing a lot of light into the lens. If you are getting blurry pictures, take a look at your shutter speed… if it is around 1 second, then you will need to use a tripod.
Aperture:(Seen on your camera as the letter F and a number) This is the most confusing part of photography, so I will keep it short and simple and tell you only what you need to know. A small aperture, such as F3.5, will blur the background of your picture. It can also make your picture brighter, and a higher aperture will make your picture darker.
ISO:ISO Is the measure of the sensitivity to light. A lower ISO is best for use in bright daylight and a higher ISO is used for low-light conditions.
ISO 100: Use this setting when taking pictures in outdoor, bright light conditions
Even though your camera might boast an impressively high 6400 ISO or such, I would recommend never going over 800 ISO because it will produce an image with an excessive amount of noise, or a grainy look. By adjusting your shutter speed and aperture, you can compensate for not using such a high ISO and produce a great looking picture.
Focus:Three common types of focus are wide, spot and local.
Wide – Using wide focus will cause your picture to be focused in every spot, which is best for landscape photos and portraits of large groups.
Spot – This type of focus will cause your picture to be focused only in the center of it. This can be used to capture a stunning image of a flower in the foreground of your picture and blur the background.
Local – This type allows you to choose the spot at which you want your picture to be focused at. This will give you the same effect as the spot focus, but lets you position your subject or object to the side of the picture, allowing more of the background to show.
Face detection is also a great tool to use when taking portraits. It ensures that all the faces in your picture will be kept in focus.
If some of the pictures you took didn’t turn out as well as you hoped they would, you can always turn to photo editing software. Fixing the contrast and exposure as well as the color temperature of a picture can dramatically change a photo.
There are many online photo editing options, as well as some that you can download.
Hope this helps!!!
Remember: the only way you are going to learn how to use that camera is to get outside and take pictures!