2 THINGS BEGINNING PHOTOGRAPHERS SHOULD LEARN FIRST:

So you want some digital photography tips that work quickly and are easy?

“Wind N’ Sea” captured by Eric May

Well, it’s not that hard to start getting good at photography. It’s like playing an instrument. Anybody can get to a decent level, but those who are very dedicated and put their natural talent to use are the ones who become great. I will try to show you how to become great.
2 THINGS BEGINNING PHOTOGRAPHERS SHOULD LEARN FIRST:
By Al Sanchez
  1. Ultimate Control Over Your Camera and Equipment
  2. Compositional Expertise
Experts have these two down pat, and you as a beginner must try to develop these areas of expertise as best as you can. When expert photographers take photos, they spend very little time composing a shot. Instead, they focus their attention more on the message, the style, and what they want the photo to do to the viewer. That’s art!

Until you get to that level, master these two aspects of photography.

TECHNICAL EXPERTISE:

 

This may be the easiest part of photography. It’s kind of like math. You must understand what exposure, aperture, shutter speed, et cetera to use for proper exposure and such. If you don’t know what those terms mean, then you need to learn!

Basically, shutter speed controls the amount of time light is let into the camera. Aperture controls the size of the lens opening, which affects how much light is let in. So, when you take a photo, the camera lets light in a certain amount of time from a certain size opening.

COMPOSITIONAL TECHNIQUES:

There are lots of compositional techniques, and honestly, a lot of them conflict with one another. The key is to use the compositional rules that work with your particular situation. For a sample, I’ll give you three powerful and easy-to-implement techniques:

1. Isolate. Beginners make the mistake of trying to photograph everything in a single shot. Don’t. Take a simple picture with a definite subject that anybody will understand as the main object of interest. If a viewer has to ask what to look at, you have a cluttered shot.

“Colorful Chamelion” captured by PictureSocial member Lonnie Williams

2. Avoid the Middle. People that take photos for “memories” take shots dead center. You want photos that look nice, thus, you’re going to want to use the rule of thirds. Simply stated, it says to avoid placing your subject in the middle of the frame. Place the subject to the left or the right, top or bottom.

“Moto Cross” captured by PictureSocial member Pat Kehoe

3. Use Lines. Many different compositional tips fall into this category. Use lines to lead to the subject of interest. This can add more impact to the subject. For example, have lines on a road lead to a car far ahead. Also, you can use lines to set the mood. Vertical lines make shots look fast-paced, whereas horizontal lines make for relaxing shots.

“Time to Say Goodbye” captured by PictureSocial member David Hobcote

This was just a brief touch on the tips and techniques out there for taking awesome shots. The ultimate advice for photography success, however, is one you are going to hate hearing — practice! Overstated, but true.

About the Author:
Al Sanchez from phototechniques.info, shows others how to open their eyes to the breathtaking photo opportunities all around them.

GOOD CAMERAS CAN TAKE BAD PICTURES !

GOOD CAMERAS CAN TAKE BAD PICTURES   ON THIS WEBSITE, I THINK I HAVE MENTIONED BEFORE THAT FOR NEARLY 20 YEARS, I WORKED IN A RETAIL PHOTO STORE, SELLING CAMERAS AND ACCESSORIES.  I ALWAYS FOUND IT…

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GOOD CAMERAS CAN TAKE BAD PICTURES !

GOOD CAMERAS CAN TAKE BAD PICTURES

 
ON THIS WEBSITE, I THINK I HAVE MENTIONED BEFORE THAT FOR NEARLY 20 YEARS, I WORKED IN A RETAIL PHOTO STORE, SELLING CAMERAS AND ACCESSORIES.  I ALWAYS FOUND IT INTERESTING WHEN A CUSTOMER CAME IN AND WANTED TO BUY A MORE EXPENSIVE CAMERA FOR THIS ONE REASON:  SO I CAN FINALLY TAKE GOOD PICTURES!  AND I REMEMBER TELLING THEM THAT A CAMERA DOES NOT TAKE GOOD PICTURES, BUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER TAKES THE GOOD PICTURES.  BUT, IT IS TRUE.  YOU CAN HAVE THE MOST EXPENSIVE CAMERA SYSTEM IN THE WORLD, BUT, IF YOU DON’T KNOW HOW TO TAKE GOOD PHOTOS, THE CAMERA DOESN’T MATTER.  I WAS GOING TO WRITE AN ARTICLE STATING EXACTLY WHAT I MEANT, BUT FOUND ONE THAT I THOUGHT SAID EVERY WORD I WANTED TO SAY.  PLEASE READ THIS CAREFULLY:
 
Article by:  Andrew Goodall
 

“I would love to be a better photographer… if only I had a better camera.”

This is a comment I hear every day in my gallery. What many people don’t understand is that the type of camera you use is not the key to improving your photography.

“PhotoWalk” captured by Vincent Miao

Pride makes it hard to admit that we are just not very good at something. Photography is no exception. Of course, it is much easier to blame the camera. The trouble is, if we want to take better photos, will buying a better camera make that happen?

Of course not.

The truth is, you can take better photos no matter what sort of camera you have. Digital cameras have become so advanced that almost all cameras now have aperture and shutter speed settings, not to mention amazingly powerful optical zoom lenses. These are features that, until very recently, were only available on DSLR cameras. So if you want to take better photos, the features are right there in front of you. All you have to do is take the time to learn how to use them.

To take better photos, start with the manual that came with your camera. It will tell you how to operate the major settings, although it may not be so good at explaining what they are for. Then find the information you need to understand how those settings will help you take better photos. There are courses, workshops, books and e-books that will tell you what you need to know.

If you do pay good money for a course or e-book, make sure it is about taking better photos. These days, a lot of the information out there is about fixing your photos on a computer and not about taking better photos.

“Day Sixty Eight” captured by Dustin Diaz

A lot of what you can learn has nothing to do with the camera. That’s right. You can improve your photography without changing one thing about your camera. My experience in nature photography has taught me that the way you use the light to capture your subject makes a huge difference. The weather and the time of day can affect the light, so your timing and patience can be the difference between a snapshot and a great photo.

 

“Just Another Mountain” captured by PictureSocial member Carol Tan

 

Developing an eye for composition is an essential skill that actually has nothing to do with the price tag on your camera. You can go a long way toward better photography by learning to think like an artist, not like a tourist. A good guide to photography should teach you this important element of photography.

Here are a few simple examples.

If you are photographing a waterfall, try looking at the scene creatively. Perhaps you can stand back and take a photo that follows the flow of water upstream, with the waterfall in the background. You might find a more interesting angle looking through the branches of a tree. There is always an alternative to just snapping the most obvious shot.

“White Water Walk” captured by PictureSocial member Dave Murray

When photographing people and animals, think about the best way to position them to make a stronger composition. Instead of putting them in the middle of the photo looking straight at the camera, try positioning them to one side, looking in toward the center of the picture.

“Siberian White Wolf” captured by PictureSocial member Gary Vernon

These are just a couple of simple ideas to get you thinking. The point is this: you can take great strides to becoming a better photographer by concentrating on the artistic aspects of the craft, rather than just the technical.

Of course, many things you can do with a compact camera, you can do even better if you have a DSLR camera. But buying a better camera is not going to help you take better photos if you just switch it to automatic and keep taking snapshots. So here’s my tip: don’t overspend. Just buy the camera you can afford, then really learn how to use it. It’s as simple as that. No matter which camera you have, you can take better photos with a bit of knowledge and a bit of practice. If you decide to upgrade later, so be it, but learning the basics of good photography will get you a lot further than succumbing to the “if only I had a better camera” mindset.

About the Author:
Andrew Goodall writes for http://www.naturesimage.com.au and is a nature photographer based in Australia. He manages a gallery in Montville full of landscape photography from throughout Australia.

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