If you have never taken the time to get into photography, it can seem intimidating at first. It can easily lead to a bit of information overload because of all of the resources available to new photographers. The following tips are essential tidbits of information that can benefit any photographer, and they are organized in an easy-to-read format so as not to be too confusing.
Keep the settings on your camera simple. Take the time to fully understand one part of your camera controls, such as shutter speed, prior to moving on to aperture or other features. Once you are very skilled with your settings, you will be able to make adjustments quickly and focus all your attention on getting excellent photos.
If you want to become a serious photographer, you need a dSLR. The acronym DSLR stands for digital single lens reflex. This type of camera is the best choice because it allows you to see your image immediately after you have taken the picture. For larger images and more detailed photographs, a full frame digital single lens reflex camera is the best choice.
Photographers will often focus so much on the background that the foreground is completely forgotten or an afterthought, but it makes up the bulk of the photograph and deserves a fair amount of attention. To create a frame that is striking and increase the depth of your photo, plan the foreground of the shot.
Do you want to work with exposure? Shutter speed settings are an important feature of your camera. These are labeled S, A, M an P on your camera. The “P” setting represents the program mode. This mode will completely automate the shutter and aperture selection process. For general use, the “P” setting is the right one to choose.
Instead of waiting until your destination to start recording your trip with photographs, start snapping those photos as soon as your trip starts. Once you get to your location, you can find some good places to take photos, but you should take some original shots as well. Record the entire experience and look at public spaces, such as airports, as a goldmine for capturing interesting images.
Take pictures of small details while traveling. These small details may seem unimportant at the time, but they will add color and completeness later, when reflecting back. They will bring back your good memories of the trip. Street signs, bus tickets and the currency of the country that you visit can make for great photographs and memories.
If you want to take great pictures, you have to take a lot of them; buying a big memory card will allow you to hold the many pictures you need to take. When you have a spacious memory card, then you will be able to save all of your pictures. An added benefit of a larger memory card is that you will be able to shoot in RAW (if your camera has this capability). The RAW format preserves more details than JPEG and allows for a lot of flexibility once you get into post-production.
These tips should give you some useful information to help you organize your thoughts on photography. Remind yourself of those tips you found most useful the next time you are snapping pictures.