Do you love creating pictures with your phone or camera? I thought so! That’s why I listed these simple beginner photography tips to explain the best ways to use your camera.
Truth is, photography has come a long way since the first days of film.
Showing my age, I used to work in film.
But now, I’m to the point that digital imagery has spoiled me.
These days, when I write my camera reviews I never even consider writing about emulsion equipment.
And, why should I? With digital, you can take a multitude of pictures. Then, sort through them later or edit your photos to your choosing.
Want To Take Better Pictures? Follow These 3 Beginner Photography Tips!
Let’s get started! Yes, you can edit digital pictures as I said above. But, it’s best to get it right in the camera (or, at least close to what you want) beforehand.
When you shoot with experience, you’ll do less editing and enjoy your photography more! Read these 3 beginner photography tips first. Then, get out your camera and practice to get better at it.
Oh, be sure to keep those first pictures so you can compare them to your later shots. You’ll feel great when you see how much your photography improves over time.
Tip Number 1. – Get In Close to Your Subject
Do you remember that picture of Aunt Bessie (or your current aunt)? She sent you a photo of her working in the garden.
Unfortunately, Aunt Bessie is in the middle and you can’t make out her face. So, here’s how to avoid these shots..
Try moving in closer to your subject when you’re taking pictures. If you shoot from different distances, you’ll be able to get a few alternate perspectives.
And, some photos will come out better than others.
Position yourself so the subject (Aunt Bessie) fills the entire viewfinder of your camera.
Doing this gives you more details of the subject – rather than just filler details.
Take one shot. Then, move in closer and take your second shot.
In many cases, especially in portraiture, you want the subject of the photograph to be the majority of the frame.
Taking the second shot ensures that you get a better photo from one of the two.
And, this helps in case you were close enough initially.
Tip Number 2. – Don’t Be Harsh with Cameras & Flashes!
Since I once worked with models, I never used my on-camera flash for location photography.
Remember, the built-in flash on most cameras produce photos that have a high light-dark contrast. And, this contrast makes your photos look harsh and unrealistic.
You don’t want these pics, so…
One answer is to use a diffuser to minimize the negative effects of flash photography.
A diffuser softens the light from the flash. It distributes light more evenly, making your flash photos look more natural.
Side Tip: Yes, you can buy a diffuser at almost any camera shop or online. But, I made mine with almost no cost.
I simply cut part of a dryer sheet, and taped it over my flash. It still does not diffuse quite as much as I would like, but works better than the naked flash.
Of course, in most cases, I use a professional flash on top of the camera with a hood to bounce the light.
You can decide what works best for you (may be based on your spendable income).
Tip Number 3. – Depth of Field & Scale for Landscapes
Creating the correct depth in your photographs adds interest and perspective to any shots.
For instance, if you shoot landscapes, the focus should range from “near to far”. So, get as much of the area in focus as possible.
To get decent focus on both foreground and background objects, use a small aperture setting:
Something under f/8 with a standard digital camera or f/16 when using a full-frame SLR.
Now, to show expanse, place a person or other object into the foreground in order to gauge the overall scale of the image.
Don’t Stop with These Beginner Photography Tips
A lot has changed since the camera was first invented. But, one thing doesn’t change. That is, a good photographer will almost always get better pictures.
Develop your photographic eye. Become a thinking photographer. The more you learn about photography, the better you get at knowing the outcome – before you take the shot!
You’ll find plenty of courses online to help you learn beginner photography – and even advanced techniques. One photography course I have recommended for years is Photography Masterclass.
It teaches about your camera, composition, and using your mind to create awesome images.
Finally, make sure to use digital camera technology to your advantage in every way you can.
Hopefully the photography tips for beginners you’ve seen here will be useful to you and will enhance your photography skills greatly. And, I look forward to your comments below to let us know what you created! – Bob
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