So you’ve been taking photos with your phone or camera for a while but you are not an Instagram sensation yet. Your pictures garner a few likes here and there from social media, friends and family. However, with a few tips you can get rave reviews from friend and foe alike. Would you like to find out how? This way please.
Know your camera: Cameras can be frustrating. It can be discouraging when your photos do not quite turn out as you had hoped. Whether it’s a DSLR, point and shoot or mirrorless camera, it’s very important to understand what type of camera you have and how it looks at light. This will help you locate and control the settings better. If it’s a DSLR, you will need to know the shooting modes and metering. If yours is a mirrorless camera, you would probably use it for weddings and other ceremonies because the absence of a mirror flip inside the camera makes shooting a quiet endeavor. It will also have speed boosters which make it easy to take wide shots and videos.
Compose in thirds: Would you like your photos to be more pleasing to the eye? Incorporate the rule of the thirds the next time you want to take a shot. This rule helps artists and photographers to build drama and interest in an art piece. Imagine breaking an image down into thirds both horizontally and vertically so that you have 9 equal parts. The viewer’s eyes will go to one of the intersection points more naturally rather than the centre, so place your point of interest in the intersections. As a result, your photos will look more balanced. It may be hard to apply this rule when you are busy shooting your photograph, so add a grid to your camera settings. With constant practice and a little time, you will be able to master this rule.
Understand ISO, shutter speed and aperture: These 3 are known as the Kings of Photography. Most DSLRs have “Auto” modes that automatically pick the right shutter speed, aperture and even ISO for your exposure. In this mode, the camera guesses the right exposure by evaluating the amount of light passing through the lens. However, you do not want to limit your camera. To achieve the best results, learn how to adjust the settings manually.
Avoid camera blur: Every photographer has suffered through this. The first way to avoid it is to hold your camera right. Always use both hands, one around the camera and the other around the lens, holding it closer to your body. Secondly, use a shutter speed that matches the focal length of your lens. Thirdly, use a tripod or monopod whenever possible.
Know when to use flash: Flash is mostly used indoors. An external flash unit bounced off a wall or ceiling will give your images a more natural look. If you are shooting in low light, flash can be used to freeze motion in a photo. When you are taking photos of your friends undercover, the best way to go unnoticed is to keep your flash away. This way, you will be able to take candid photos of them and their actions as opposed to them posing for the camera with insincere smiles. The same goes for music concerts. Your flash will probably annoy the band, so lower your shutter speed and widen your aperture so that it picks up more light.
These tips will help you avoid common rookie mistakes in photography. If you wish to become a photography guru, you can learn more at our sister school ADMI.
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