Photography 101 - for beginners
Photography is a great way to capture amazing moments and share them with the world. It’s also something that can be done from anywhere, whether you're in your garage or on top of a mountain in Nepal. If you're just starting out, this may feel like an overwhelming project. But no matter how much experience you have under your belt, there are always ways to improve your photography skills even further! Here are some tips for becoming a better photographer:
Know your camera and its settings.
The first step to becoming a better photographer is knowing your camera and its settings. Below, we'll explain how to use both manual and automatic modes, as well as how to get the most out of each one.
Manual Mode: This mode lets you adjust exposure settings (ISO), white balance, focus distance and more on your own. You can also use it if you're shooting in RAW format instead of JPG or another format that doesn't allow for much post-processing editing. Manual mode is useful because it gives photographers more control over their photos' quality while still enabling them to capture some pretty stunning images on their own accord!
Automatic Mode: This setting ensures that every photo taken will come out looking great without having any idea what they're doing at least until after they've taken it—but not before then!
Play with lighting
Play with light.
Use natural light, flash and/or reflectors to create depth, texture and mood in your images.
Use the sun's position to create contrast between shadows and highlights.
Get to know your subjects.
The first thing you'll want to do is get to know your subject. Who is it? What interests them? What are their hobbies, interests, and family life like? Do they have pets? What time of year are they more likely to be at home during the day or night hours (or both)? Do they have any special events coming up that might require taking pictures of them with specific props or outfits on their bodies—like a wedding ceremony or birthday party celebration!
How can you make this work for YOUR photography goals as well as theirs? It will all start with knowing yourself and being confident enough in yourself as an artist that YOU know how much time/money/effort would need go into producing great images on an ongoing basis...and THEN talking these things over with whoever else involved in creating those "great images" (and whether those people would be happy with having photos taken by YOU).
Know your focal points.
Knowing your focal points is one of the most important things you can learn to do as a beginner photographer. When you have a good grasp on what your subject is and where it should be in relation to others, then you're much more likely to get great shots that are relevant and interesting.
Focal points can be people, objects or locations (like vehicles), but they can also be the background itself. If there's someone standing next to an object that's far away from their body—maybe even out of focus—then that person isn't going to stick out as much as if they were standing next to something closer like an object with their hand on top of it (or even touching). This makes sense when we think about how our eyes work: If there's nothing in front of us but blackness (or maybe some white), then those two things will look very similar if they're both tiny dots!
Shoot in all kinds of weather.
You will probably want to shoot outside, and this means that you'll have to be prepared for all kinds of weather. Don't be afraid to get wet or dirty! You might also want to wear a hat and sunscreen when you go out in the sun. If it's cold outside, don't forget your layers; if it's hot enough that your skin burns easily then it may not be safe for photography at all—so make sure that whatever clothes you're wearing are comfortable enough so as not to cause any discomfort while working on your project (and maybe even take some notes on how best suited each type of clothing would suit different types of projects).
Shoot at different times of the day – and night.
You can also shoot at different times of the day, and night. For example, if you're in London and want to capture some amazing photos of the city at night then make sure that you set your camera up during one of those hours.
It's a great way to capture some amazing shots that would otherwise be missed out on due to lack of light. If you're going somewhere cold or wet, then this may not apply but it's still worth considering nonetheless!
Take advantage of natural light.
Natural light is the best light. You should always be looking for ways to use natural light, even when it's not convenient or easy to do so. When you're shooting outdoors and there isn't any available shade (like during winter), you can try using a reflector or umbrella to bounce back sunlight. This will help your subject look good and provide them with some protection from the elements if they need it!
When you're indoors, try using backdrops instead of direct sun exposure since they'll create a better image than just having someone sit in front of an open window all day long—and we all know how boring those windows can get after awhile...
Every picture tells a story and every photographer has a unique story to tell, so go out and tell it!
Photography is a great way to express yourself, and it’s also the perfect opportunity to tell your own story. Whether you want to document family traditions, capture the moments in your life that mean something special, or document history—photography is an amazing way of capturing these memories for posterity.
The best part about photography is that anyone can take it up as their hobby! There are no requirements other than being able to hold still while someone else takes a picture of you (or vice versa). This means that anyone who wants try out this hobby can do so without worrying about whether they have what it takes or not; just go out there and take some pictures!
It’s time to start taking photos again. When you have a camera in hand and nothing else to do, it may feel like the world has come to an end. But once you get going, you’ll realize the best thing that happened was you decided to pick up your old hobby again! You can take any picture or create any story with just a few simple tips and tricks. Just remember not to get too caught up in making sure everything is perfect – because no matter how long it takes until your next photo shoot opportunity comes along, there will always be something new (and exciting!) happening around every corner of life!
That was it for today's post for all of you photography enthusiasts! I hope to write more in this community 😃. Stay tuned for more such photography related posts 😉 till then get to photographing !
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Ahh~ This is a good read. I just began having an interest in photography seriously last year. I will bookmark this for now. Thanks for sharing~!