12 Basic Tips to take Digital Photography like a Pro
12 Basic Tips to take Digital Photography like a Pro
If you love photography, the most probable thing is that you have wondered how best you can take great pictures and have them look like they were taken by a pro. Maybe you have been busy with your phone camera but want to graduate to something much better. You can capture some amazing shots like a pro with your digital camera by learning a few basic tips for beginners. This guide will help you start your journey into photography or even sharpen your skills a little bit more as you advance your art in photography.
How to start digital photography journey
Tip No 1: – Get yourself a good digital camera
Before anything else, you will definitely need to have a good digital camera to use. Digital cameras come in varying prices and you do not have to invest a lot of money in one in order to enjoy your photography. You can start by investing in a “not too pricey” camera and advance to a more sophisticated gadget with time. Just read a few user reviews on different gadgets before investing in one.
Tips No 2: – Know your camera by reading the user manuals
One of the best ways to take great shots like a pro is to first of all understand your tools of trade. Learn the purpose of each switch, control, button and menu items. You should also be able to understand the basic actions including zooming in & out, flash function (auto, on and off), and how to use the shutter button. You should also learn the best way to control exposure and also use various modes offered by your camera. If your camera doesn’t come with a printed users’ manual, visit the manufacturer’s website and download one. By reading the manual, you will understand how best to use different functions and proceed to the next step.
Tip No 3: – Set resolution for high quality shots
If you use low resolution when taking a digital photo, altering it really becomes tough and time consuming. You should learn how to use the highest resolution if you want to take high quality photos and this means that you should learn how to set these resolutions. Low resolution images are hard to crop but if you take high resolution versions, cropping is always enjoyable and leaves you with amazing printable copies. In case your camera has a smaller memory card, consider upgrading it and if not possible, use the provided “fine” quality settings and use along with a smaller resolution.
Tip No 4: – Set the camera at the right level
The positioning of your camera is very important, especially if you are taking some pictures of someone. It is always good to have a direct eye contact with the person and this means holding the camera at the subject’s eye level. You want to unleash the power in the mesmerizing smiles and magnetic gazes as if it were in the real life. To do this, position the camera at the same level with the person you are photographing and this means stooping low in case the subject is a child or shorter person. It is not necessary for the person to stare at your camera since the eye level angle will help create an inviting and personal feeling that draws you to the picture.
Tip No 5: – Choose the right background
Before taking your photos, it is always good to study the background or the area surrounding the subject. A plain background allows you to show-off your photography subject and therefore is more advisable than multi-colored background. While looking through the viewfinder of your camera, take time to study the background and make sure there are no obstructions visible or that could be captured by your shots.
Tip No 6: – Use flash where necessary
When taking digital photographs, it is good to know where to use the flash and where not to use it. If taking pictures outdoor especially on a bright sunny day, you should use flash to eliminate the deep, unattractive facial shadows created on the subject. Flash normally lightens the face thus making the pictures clearer and attractive. You can either use a full-flash or fill-flash mode based on the distance between you and the subject. In case the person is more than 5-ft away, use a full-power mode but if the subject is within 5 feet, a fill-flash mode will be appropriate. You can assess the results using picture display panel provided for in your digital camera.
If you are taking pictures of a cloudy day, choose the fill-flash mode if it is available. This will help brighten up the subject, making them to stand out. You should also avoid using the flash under these conditions since the soft light of cloudy day is capable of giving amazingly pleasing results sometimes by itself.
Tip No 7: – Assess your distance
Based on the size of your subject, you should be able to assess the distance between the two of you. For smaller subjects, take one or two steps towards them before taking the shots. From the closer location, zoom in on the subject so that your picture is filled with the targeted subject. You can easily capture some telling details while up close as opposed to when you are a distance away.
When assessing your distance, avoid getting too close otherwise, your pictures will be unclear. Most digital cameras are designed to work with a closest focusing distance of approximately three feet or at least one step away from the camera. You can read your manual to get the recommended distance for your camera. Getting too close than your closest focusing distance will make your pictures a little bit blurry.
Tip No 8: – Move it from center
The middle always provides the best position for the performer to be in. You should however avoid bringing your subject to the middle as this isn’t the best place. To take digital photographs like a pro, always move the main target away from the center of the picture. You can begin by playing brain teasers with your subject position. Visualize a “tick-tack-toe” framework in your viewfinder and position your main focus in one of the spaces where the lines intersect. If you are using an auto-focus digital camera, lock the focus to prevent it from focusing on everything inside the viewfinder.
Tip No 9: Lock the focus
You should lock the focus so as to produce a sharp picture if at all your main subject isn’t at the center of your photo. As mentioned in tip number 8 above, many auto-focus digital cameras easily focuses on anything situated at the center of your pictures. You can improve the sharpness of your pictures by moving the subject a little bit far away from the center or else lock the focus the focus when the subject is at the middle before rearranging the picture such that the subject will be away from the center.
Normally, the focus can be locked in three simple steps. To begin with, put the subject in the center and the press, while holding the shutter push button halfway down. Secondly, reposition the camera without releasing the shutter button (as you did earlier) in such a way that the subject away from the middle of the picture and then finish by pressing the shutter push button fully to take the photo.
Tip No 10: – Assess your flash range
One major mistake that people make when using flash during photography is taking the photos while beyond flash range. This makes the pictures too dark and unattractive. Many digital cameras have a maximum flash range of about 5 steps or less than 15 feet away. It is good if you understood the flash range of the camera you are using and this can be done by reading the user manual. As you take the pictures, stand at least ten feet or less away from your subject.
Tip No 11: – Take care of the light
Lighting is very important when it comes to photography. To take your photos like a pro, you will need to know how best to control the light. The appearance of all the photos you take will be affected by the light. For example, if your subject is wrinkled and you are taking a photo using bright sunlight, the wrinkles will be enhanced especially when the photographs are taken from the side. However, the same effects can be subdued if you use soft lighting of an overcast day. If lighting seems like a problem for you to master, try taking your pictures late or early in the day.
Tip No 12: – Keep still
To avoid making your pictures blurry especially when you are taking them from a distance or at close range, try to be steady and firm. In case your digital camera has a zoom lens, try to hold it firmly while your finger is on the shutter push button and steady the lenses with the other hand. You can use image stabilization features if your lens or camera is equipped with some. The features are named differently with Nikon calling it Vibration Reduction or VR while Canon used the name IS. These can help you take clear pictures that are not blurred
With these 12 tips, you can easily take some amazing digital photographs and enjoy great results even as you perfect your art of doing so. Remember, practice always makes perfect. Make sure you look for opportunities to shoot some great photos and try different scenes and objects. There you have the tips, enjoy the experience.
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