If you are an absolute beginner in the art of photography, but you love to take shots of nature, people and your surroundings in general, we have a few crucial tips to start you off. Before you start clicking away, remember to do your research and find yourself the best camera your budget will allow.
Full res, full quality
Gone is the time of expensive memory. Memory cards are now cheap, reliable and readily available. So, run off to the store and get yourself the largest memory cards money can buy.
This way you will make sure you don’t get that annoying „memory low“ message when using the full resolution setting on your camera. Also, making photos in highest quality allows for much more options when it comes to photo management and editing.
There are a couple of simple terms any photographers should know about, but which other people do not understand. Google up and learn these because they will be important for your photography hobby.
Aperture explains how much the lens is physically open. The more the lens is open, the more out of focus the objects in the background will appear, and vice versa. Also, be careful because the higher the aperture number, the smaller the lens opening is.
ISO/Exposure is the level of light sensitivity of the camera chip. The more sensitive it is, the easier it will be to shoot in low light conditions. On the other hand, the photos will appear „grainier“.
Shutter speed is the amount of the time the shutter stays open for. The longer the shutter is open, the more light will be able to squeeze in the lens. If the shutter is open for an extended period, the photo will show motion.
The law of thirds
Most modern digital cameras today come with a grid option. This way you can divide the image you want to photograph into sections, mostly squares of the even area. You can then place the main motif of your photograph into one of these squares, making sure that is not in the center of the photograph. When you align the central piece of your photo with the top or bottom third, or the left or the right third, you get a much better result. This effect produces photographs of the much better composition.
Work on your viewpoint
Many experienced photographers will tell you that your intuition is, in most cases, wrong. You thought eye level photos are the rule of thumb? Well, no. They are simply boring. To make things more interesting, change the angle of your shot. Make your photos from the upper or lower perspective, move around a bit and you will create a much better effect.
Get to know your camera
Learn about what your camera can do. Technology is changing on a day to day basis now, and modern cameras keep getting better and better. Spend a little time to study all the options it can provide, from basic modes to different values.
Look at the work of other photographers
Nothing can help you establish your craft like looking at the work of others. It will help you to see how they have used different techniques, or to inspire you to do better. Looking at photography blogs is a good place to start.