Taking pictures has become very common these days. Nearly everyone has the ability to take photos, whether using a camera or cell phone. However, there is a difference between amateur photos and professionally-captured photos. If you’re a beginner photographer, it’ll take some practice and experience before you can capture amazing shots. In this article, we’re going to look at a simple photography guide to help you through.
Familiarize Yourself With Your Camera
To capture amazing shots, you don’t need to have an expensive camera. Even point and shoot camera types can produce great results if you know what you’re doing. Many cameras have various preset options that allow you to capture a shot in different settings such as landscape, portrait, day, night, water, etc. Go through your manual and play around with these preset options to know how they can be used. Once you’ve familiarized yourself with these, switch the camera to manual mode, and learn about things such as shutter speed and aperture.
Know How Lighting Plays a Role in Perfect Shots
Nothing destroys a great photo faster than poor/inadequate lighting. In professional photography, there are some tools used to provide the right lighting such as diffusers and supplemental lights. However, these may not be available to you as a beginner photographer. Therefore, always aim to look for even lighting and avoid harsh and direct rays. If you’re outdoors, a full shaded area is excellent. If you’re indoors, you can take shots next to a window, but avoid direct sunlight. Practice with different lighting situations and different camera settings.
Develop a Photographer’s Eye
Things such as poses and composition can make a huge difference between an average photo and a ‘WOW’ photo. Practicing is the only way you can develop a creative eye. To practice, participate in photography events such as contests and competitions. By studying shots from other contestants, you’ll identify the characteristics that make a great shot.
Other tips to remember are:
• Work with your subject
• Learn from professional photographers
• Keep your photos simple
• Use the camera’s features to your level best
• Explore and try out shots with different subjects
These are some of the tips you should keep in mind if you want to be a professional photographer. Practice makes perfect!