In this post I wanted to go over some basic Digital Photography Tips that beginners and professionals should review from time to time. The digital cameras on the market today are very capable of producing stunning photos that will amaze your friends and family with the help of a few easy tips.
Tip 1. Know Your Camera
I know it sounds rather silly and perhaps a bit boring but, when you sit down and take the time to go through the manual, you may be surprised by the amazing things your camera can do. Scroll through the menus and push the buttons; when you come across something you don’t know…look it up in your trusty manual. Most manuals are simple and easy to read and are small enough to keep in your pocket or camera case. Becoming familiar with your camera will allow you the freedom and confidence to capture those amazing once-in-a-lifetime shots. You can learn variety of Digital Photography Tips just by reading the manual.
Tip 2. Know Your Interests
You can quickly become disinterested in photography and burned-out if what you are shooting is of little or no interest to you. Sit down with yourself and write out a list of the things that excite and motivate you. Looking at photos online through one of the photo hosting sites like Flickr or Photobucket can give you an idea of what makes your shutter finger twitch. It is difficult to capture those stunning shots if your heart’s not in it.
Tip 3. Know What Equipment You Need
Researching through the internet can give you a good idea of just what equipment you will need to take the shots you want. Photography Forums are a wonderful resource that will not only show you the kind of photos you’d like to take but will also, in many cases, tell you how the show what was taken and with what equipment. Hot shoe flashes and tripods are always a sound investment.
Tip 4. Know Your Lighting
Lighting in photography is like flour is to bread. You just can’t make bread if you don’t have flour. You just can’t make stunning photos if you don’t have light. Learn how to use the light to your best advantage. When and how to use your flash, using available natural light and using other artificial light sources is worth taking the time to learn. Going back to Tip #1, Know Your Camera, can help you utilize all the sources of light you have available. Knowing this one point alone can make the difference between okay shots and absolutely stunning photos.
Tip 5. Practice, Practice, Practice
With the digital memory cards now available you can take a ton of shots and it won’t cost you a penny. Learn how to frame your shots, look for nice clean backgrounds and bring the focus to bear on the main subject. Poles or trees coming out of people’s heads can spoil an otherwise sweet shot. The more you shoot, the more you will start to recognize what makes a great shot and you will find yourself planning it before you click.
Use these Digital Photography Tips to help you produce those stunning photos you have a desire to shoot. You’ll soon stand head and shoulders above your friends and have them wondering how you produced those amazing photos. You will learn the most from constantly taking shots and learning what works and what doesn’t.
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