With all mobile phones equipped with decent cameras these days, nearly everyone is capable of taking a great photo. Most of the time, it’s the only camera you have wherever you go. So it makes sense to know how to use it when the mood strikes, and you want to take a great photo to re-live the moment.
Whether you have a little smartphone, a pocket camera, an expensive professional camera with big lenses, you are taking your first photo or just looking to get a little better, there are some tips for beginners to keep in mind.
First and foremost, make sure that you know your camera’s settings so you’re in the right mode. Most camera are very sophisticated to get a decent shot 95 percent of the time, but that last 5 percent is where you come in. After your purchase, get familiar with the camera manual. Most manuals are written by a technical person and often full of dry writing and tough to get through. The effort is worth it. Learning how to take good photos by reading a camera manual will help you learn about the different settings that you can use.
When you know what each mode does and how to change settings on the fly you’ll be better equipped to adjust to lighting conditions. The camera makes guesses based on what it gets from the scene but it doesn’t know how to compose or frame the shot.
Next, avoid trying to be too serious about your photography. Always try to enjoy the process. It will also help you to learn the different techniques that are involved in photography. Be willing to experiment too. That way you can find your own unique style and way of seeing things.
Practice shooting in different situations too. For example, play around in low light. This is especially true for indoor shots. Keep in mind that low light can ruin some photos if you aren’t prepared. There are many camera accessories available that can help you with this. Beyond additional light from pocket flashes, you can use other things such as reflectors to adjust the lighting of the scene.
Also, using a tripod will be one of the best good tips for beginners. This really helps in low light situations and keeps the camera steady so you don’t end up with shaky images. Always try to carry a tripod. There are small ones that you can get that collapse or fold and might even fit in a camera bag.
Taking photos of children, teens, and pets can be quite tricky. As a beginner, it can be hard to direct people for posing. A good trick is to look in their eyes. When you can see the pupils, you can lock in your focus and get a sharp portrait.
Most cameras today have a shutter button and dials to adjust settings. This is nice to give you control, but you can also find it annoying if they are easily changed. You can get camera tape that will help you with keep them from moving and accidentally getting the wrong exposure.
Never rush to take a picture, especially if you don’t have the technical abilities to do so. Take time to frame your shot and check the lighting. This will help you make the best shot possible and separate your photos from people who randomly “spray and pray.” You’re no longer just making snapshots. You’re a photographer.
It’s much better to get the image you want when you take your time to get it. The more time you can set things up properly, the better the results will be. Better to get the shot pre-click than spending more time editing.
Lastly, just practice whenever you can. Join a local photography club or participate in online photo challenges where you take and share a photo everyday. If you done of these 30 day challenges, you’ll see remarkable improvement when comparing your first entry versus the last photo.
These are just a few of the many tips for beginners in photography. Most importantly, just remember to enjoy it and you will be glad you did.