Essential Photography Tips for Beginners
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Whether you’re shopping for your first DSLR and looking for an easy way to learn the basics or refresh your existing photography skills, the following tips will help you build a solid foundation. Remember, though, that photography is an art that you will never really “learn.”
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Learn to hold the camera correctly
It may seem obvious, but many new photographers don’t have camera comparison, which leads to camera shake and blurring. Obviously, a tripod is the best way to prevent camera shake, but since you won’t be using a tripod unless you’re shooting in the dark, it’s important to keep your camera steady to prevent unnecessary movement.
You will eventually find your own way to hold the camera, but you should always hold it with both hands. Hold the right side of the camera with your right hand and place your left hand under the lens to support the weight of the camera.
The closer you are to the camera, the stronger you can hold it. You can lean against a wall or crouch down on your lap if you need more stability, but a wider stance can help if you have nothing to lean on.
Start RAW recording
RAW is a file format similar to JPEG, but unlike JPEG, it captures all the image data captured by the camera sensor instead of compressing it. Shooting in RAW format not only produces high-quality images, but also gives you more control over post-processing. For example, you can fix problems like overexposure and underexposure, and adjust color temperature, white balance, contrast, and more.
One of the downsides of shooting RAW is that the files take up more space. Also, RAW photos always need post-processing, so you’ll need to invest in photo editing software.
But ultimately shooting RAW can change the quality of the image, so it’s worth it if you have the time and space. If you don’t know how to switch from JPEG to RAW, please refer to your camera manual for detailed instructions.
Understand the exposed triangle
It may seem a bit daunting at first, but the exposure triangle represents the three most important elements of the exposure. ISO, aperture, shutter speed. When shooting in manual mode, you need to be able to balance all three to get a bright, clear image.
ISO: ISO controls the camera’s sensitivity to light. A lower ISO setting makes the camera less sensitive to light, and a higher ISO setting makes the camera more sensitive to light. Generally, ISO 100-200 settings are ideal for daytime outdoor photography, but shooting in dark places, such as indoors or at night, may require a high ISO setting of 400-800 or higher.
Aperture: The aperture is the opening of the lens and controls the amount of light that reaches the camera sensor. Wider openings (marked with lower F-numbers) let in more light, and narrower openings (marked with higher F-numbers) let in less light. If you want to freeze your subject, you need to open up, but if you want to focus on the entire scene, says B in a group photo, you need to stop down.
Shutter speed: Shutter speed controls how long the shutter stays open while taking a photo. The longer the shutter is open, the more light reaches the best camera sensor. Slowing down the shutter speed is good for freezing, but increasing the shutter speed will blur motion. You can find more information about shutter speed on our blog.
Wide aperture works best for portraits
When taking portraits of people and animals, the focus should be on the subject. The best way to do this is to use a larger aperture. This allows you to keep your subject in focus while it is out of the background.