The basics of photography start with knowing the equipment that you need. It all depends on how much lighting you have available you and what you’re taking pictures of. Understanding how your shutter speed functions is also a big part of the basics of photography too. Anything from extremely fast (1/ 4000) for action sports to extremely slow (30 seconds) for night photography is a skill that you can develop. Here are some basic tips for beginners of photography:
Free Video Training – If you’re looking for a great beginner’s education then I highly recommend using free video training tutorials for photography. A lot of beginner photographers are clueless about white balance settings, exposure and other important subjects that are so important when taking photos. There are several free videos covering all these topics. If you have an hour or two to spare after work, you can easily find and watch these videos.
Exposure and Metering Modes – When you’re taking photos of scenery or landscapes, one big key to good photography is understanding the exposure and metering modes that you’ll be using. This comes down to having a manual mode and a digital mode for both the aperture and the shutter speed. For the aperture, you want to let it open up so that light can enter the camera from all directions. And for the shutter speed, you want to stop the exposure before anything else gets too bright. Don’t overexpose either, because that will make everything too dark. This is where things get a little tricky if you’re just starting out with photography.
Basic Exposure Techniques – You may find that you’re completely lost when it comes to exposure, but don’t worry, there are some techniques you can use to get your shots taken. Most beginner photographers will tell you to leave everything in the manual mode and just point and shoot. You can get great shots this way, but it’s not really the best approach for someone just getting started with photography.
Motion Blur Effects – Many photographers don’t realize that you can actually include movement in your images even though you may never use it very much. If your camera has a moving object on it, blur the image to create a smoother transition from point-of-view. This is especially important for landscape images, because the landscape is a part of the image and needs to be included in the shot. You can also slow down the motion of the object so that you create a motion blur effect in the background.
Some final tips: use a simple camera instead of a fancy digital one, and don’t delete a frame if it doesn’t add anything to the image. Also, don’t zoom too far in or out. If you want to learn more about photography, all you need to do is keep reading.