Photography is an art that can inspire and intimidate people at the same time. We all love capturing the moments, endeavoring the memories to last forever inside a frame. You might be a new mom who loves clicking her cute adorable growing chap or someone who loves the thrust of visiting scenic places. Here are few incredible tips for all the beginners or newbies out there to master there click game like a pro.
We try not to puzzle you with the photography lingo but few technical terms can always come in handy.
1) Get to know your camera basics
Spend some time with your camera getting to know each other. No matter what you own, the fancy DSLR or a simple Smartphone camera, sit around in a neutral environment with your device. Go through the buttons and mode, adjust features and effects to know and understand every detail of how the camera works.
2) Learn to hold the camera
This might sound lame but it is no joke. Holding a camera properly is as important as holding an arrow in a bow. The aim should always be to minimize the camera shake as much as possible. Because when we are capturing a picture the shutter goes up, and the sensor is filled with light. Incorrect posture leads to the shaking which causes the smear of light entering the sensor via shutter making the picture blurry.
Heres how you should hold the camera in a standing position to get the perfect sharp images
Position your feet perpendicular which means stand perfectly straight.
Push the elbows into your sides to avoid the flapping or any distracting movement.
Hold the camera at the balance point.
Use the viewfinder and hold the camera right to your face. Less extended arms make sure of no shaking.
Push the camera to your head and breathe out when you click the shutter button.
3) Learn the exposure triangle
The photographers are the artist who must understand that their camera doesnt do the magic, it is the light which in shades of colors brings beauty on canvas. Photography
is all about capturing the dancing light. With no light, there is no magic. Hence, a well-lit object can be captured poorly, but a poorly-lit object will never look good. Thats why exposure is a must understand.
Exposure is decided by the amount of light entering the camera and coming up to the sensor ultimately making the images look brighter or darker. Exposure can be adjusted by understanding the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO.
Aperture: It is the distance between the two ends of the lens. It decides how big and wide the opening is. The smaller number corresponds to the wider aperture. Further, the wider an aperture is, the more amount of light will come in. Aperture size also affects the depth of field.
ISO: Fun fact- Technically ISO is a government organization that authorizes the sensitivity rating to sensors. Hence, ISO ratings determine how sensitive the sensor is to light. Higher ISO equips you to take photos in dim and dingy situations, but the downside is the visual distortion and patchy spots aka grain and noise in photographers lingo. Thats why photos were taken in the dark often have those peculiar spots.
Shutter speed: It is the time length to which shutter is left open corresponding to how much light is allowed to go in. The slow the shutter goes, the more the light comes in. Shutter speed also affects sensitivity to motion. Faster shutter speeds freeze motion while slower shutter ones produce motion blur.
4) The rule of thirds
The composition is another secret key to unlocking great photography. The composition is composing the image with the interesting elements positioned perfectly. The rule of thirds guides an individual to master the composition.
As the name suggests, the image is divided into a grid of thirds where all the intersections are the points of interest. Smartphones often have a grid layout to make the visualization easy for the photographer. If you are capturing an image in portrait mode, the top interesting points are important as a viewer's eyes directly go to them first.
But if you are clicking in landscape mode, the top three grids are preferred to align the sun/mountains or the background while the other corresponds to the main highlights of the image.
5) Shooting angle and the position
Even amateurs know, that angle makes a huge impact on the captured image. Lets first talk about the difference. The shooting angle is the degree by which the camera faces the subject while shooting position is the level you hold your camera at (aka) height. High level, eye level, low level are names of shooting positions and low angle, birds eye view, tilt is the names of the shooting angle.
Shooting portraits requires slightly angular light which is why photographers
avoid shooting in portrait mode at noon because the sun is at top. The same goes for the landscape as there is no depth in the image for a properly lightened room.
6) Change youre own perceptive
This is saying experiment with the angle, elevation, height, and the basic features of the camera in a very layman lingo. Changing either one or all gives a picture we dont often see on a regular day to day life. It gives a picture or a scene that we never saw before with that perception.
7) Dont rush. Start with baby steps
Reading a few articles on photography tips will pump you up but reading to too many will intimidate you. Try to practice and spin around the knowledge you read. Master that. And then move further to the next articles.
8) Shoot anything and everything. Anywhere and everywhere
Shooting more often helps you to point out the differences between the actualities of the subject to the reality you captured in your frame. The practice is the key to success.