Buying a digital camera is one thing, using it for clicking great photographs is another. So you have bought a camera but don’t know where to begin from. Just follow these simple Photography tips to get started…
Tip 1 – Essential Photography Equipment
First, you need to check your photography equipment. Basically, this includes:
- A 4-6 mega pixels digital camera
- A 512 MB or 1 GB memory card
- A camera case or bag to keep lens cleaner, filters, lens brush, etc
- A small tripod (optional)
- Digital imaging software
Tip 2 – Read the Manual
Most of us never read the manual after purchasing a digital camera. Before you start taking photos, I suggest you spend some time going through the basics of your digital camera included in the instruction manual. To begin with, you can stick to the auto settings, usually provided on the upper right-hand side of most cameras.
Once you feel comfortable with your camera and know what each setting does, go into manual mode. This includes setting your aperture and shutter speed for correct exposure. A slower film speed must be used in low light settings. Check your digital camera for ISO settings. This is the film speed and must be set to 200 or lower in low light and 400 or above in bright settings.
Tip 3 – Choose Your Subjects
Start with photos of things around your house. After practicing with individual objects, try making arrangements. Use your tripod to setup the camera and position it about 3-5 feet away from your subject. Take photos from different angles like close-up, medium zoom, no zoom, bird’s eye view, left, right, bottom, 90 degrees rotation and 45 degrees rotation.
Fruits are easy to click and offer plenty of variety and color. Be creative and take photos of other natural objects. If you have pets, train your photography skills with them.
Tip 4 – Good Lighting
Good lighting is a must for good photography. Basic cameras do not have a very powerful flash. It works well for closer images, not more than 7 feet away from the subject. Your flash will work better in dark settings but will not be capable of removing shadows in the daytime photos. So, pay attention to the time of day when you are taking photos. Avoid taking photos of your subjects at high noon or late night. The best time to shoot photos is late in the afternoon, when the sun is almost down or early morning as the sun begins to rise.