Digital Photography Tips 101

By: Mike Collingwood | Posted: 19th February 2010

With ever cheaper digital cameras being available and ever cheaper printing and photo processing also now commonplace there really is no better time to pick up a camera and start shooting. So, what are the basics you need to master to ensure your initial photographs aren't a complete disappointment? Read on to find out.

Being a digital photographer, you have to know the basic principles of photography - if not it will be challenging for you to take excellent photos. Photography fundamentals laid out in this article will assist you to educate yourself on the essential details. As soon as you command the basics, you should consider theory and practical tuition created for both amateur and professional photography enthusiasts.

Become familiar with the functions of your digital camera:

Play with your current digital camera - allow it to be your preferred pastime for a while and you can master the settings amazingly quickly. Test various photograph settings, find out if you're able to focus correctly, find the way through the selections of menus and become familiar the user interface.

Rather than depending on the instructions, experiment with the camera settings on your own. Take several experimental photos - should you be struggling to focus effectively, start using the automatic setting of the digital camera.

Learn how to use natural light correctly to enhance rather than degrade your photographs:

Photography enthusiasts usually are not magicians - they don't generate the correct surroundings for taking a superb photo. However, they'll use the light so as to ensure that the picture develops into a fantastic shot. You have to discover how to make use of natural light and the flash of the camera to ensure that the best lighting effect is harnessed.

Professional photographers frequently take photos either in the early morning or in much later in the day during the twilight hours. By doing this these people prevent the glare and make use of the natural light to their advantage. Taking pictures with the sun immediately in front of the lens of the camera is certainly not a good idea. In this case it is likely that the glare may very well be unforgiving to both the photograph as well as the camera lens.

Learn how to use the flash correctly:

Inexperienced photographers will often be extremely keen to make use of the flash of their camera. Don't get me wrong, using the flash is certainly a great way to produce lighting effects artificially, however the results are not necessarily as positive as you may forecast. Incorrect utilization of the flash can impair the picture quality and lead to uneven shadowing within the image.

Therefore, when using the camera's flash, try to ensure that the complete scene is illuminated equally. There isn't a theoretical guideline for this - practical experience and practice will assist you to discover the way to achieve the best results. So really don't be frightened of failure - keep on practicing in order to master the flash.

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