10 Beginning Photography Tips
Becoming a photographer requires an eye for seeing the world in a beautiful light, but there are 10 beginning photography tips that will help you become a better photographer, right from the start. With practice, and some guidelines, a novice photographer can shoot engaging photographs, and it doesn't require a degree in photography.
- Lighting is everything. A photograph is the negative image, as it is captured on film, by using light to burn the image onto the film. Proper lighting will give your photographs the ability to "pop" from the page. Objects should be lit from the front, not the back. Shooting into a light source cause the contents of the photo to have a dark shadow, which will make them impossible to decipher.
- Consult your light meter. Use a light meter to gauge the lighting of the environment. Most cameras have a built-in light meter, but external light meters are available. Using a light meter will ensure that your photograph will be properly exposed.
- Focus makes the picture. Always make sure the camera is focused on the subject being photographed. The best subject won't make the best picture if it is out of focus.
- Avoid motion blur. Shooting at a shutter speed that is lower than the focal length of your lens will result in motion blur. Use a tripod for shooting subjects in lower light environment; the stability of the tripod will allow the slower shutter to capture a stable image.
- Utilize the rule of thirds. Divide your viewfinder into thirds when taking a picture. Imagine a grid of three lines going horizontally, and three lines vertically. Frame subjects using the grid, instead of centering the subject in the photograph.
- Avoid mergers. Avoid shooting subjects with objects directly in front of, or behind, the subject. If you are photographing a couple, then don't frame the shot in a way that allows the random objects in the background the interfere with the space of the primary subjects.
- Pay attention to everything within the frame. When shooting in color, pay attention to the colors of the photos contents. When shooting in black and white, focus on textures and depths that will enhance the photograph.
- Shoot with confidence. Shoot the shot that you intend to develop. Have confidence in your work. If you know you have a shot, then shoot it.
- Shoot first, look later. Take more photos than you will need. If shooting digitally, it doesn't cost more to take the same shot a few more times. Don't snap sparingly. The more photographs that you take, the better each one will become.
- Keep your equipment clean. Keep your lenses, camera, and accessories clean. Clean equipment will produce cleaner images.
Following these basic guidelines will give your pictures a touch of professionalism. The best way to become a better photographer is to take photographs, so practice as often as possible.