A little about the navigation of this blog to begin or enhance your photographic skills:
Under the “Photography” menu there’s a list of all the topics covered for photography. You can jump to any particular topic if your photographic need is very specific. But if you are a beginner I suggest you to go through the topics one by one from the very beginning.
Well, that was a pretty cool navigation guide, let’s just start. Best of luck ????
Wait, before getting started the first thing you should do is “read the user’s manual”. It sounds quite silly but trust me it’s really important. I do not read the manuals most of the time and end up going back to read those after all. So, I’d suggest you to pick up the manual and read it before you start. That will ease your photographic journey down the road.
So, you bought your new digital camera. Take it, put the battery in and start taking your first photographs. What’s next? Well, the fact that you are reading this because you want to learn using it properly. So, let the journey begins.
Setting up your Camera
Let’s start with the simplest and the coolest settings in which every camera does well. Yes, you guessed it correct; I’m talking about the “Auto” mode. I have seen many new photographers suddenly became more intimidate by their DSLRs as they thought, in order to be like the ‘pros’ they need to abandon the camera’s automatic mode and shoot in manual mode only.
I completely disagree with this logic. Yes, using the auto mode you might be giving the control of Shutter Speeds and Aperture to your camera, but does this mean that you’ll not get good photographs? Certainly not. There are plenty of cameras in the world that do not allow the photographers to control shutter speed and/or aperture manually and beautiful photographs have been taken by those.
Composing and Framing
Cameras cannot decide the right direction and frame how you exactly want, you have to do it for yourself. Let’s concentrate on learning something about Composition, Framing and Viewpoint which are the keys to producing great photos. Below are the examples of three most common composition and framing mistakes.
1. Subject is too small in the frame
When taking a shot, always consider if it would look better if you got closer (or zoomed in with your lens) so the subject fills the frame and clearly grabs the attention. The more you include in a photograph, the more complex and difficult it is for the viewers to understand the idea that is trying to be conveyed.
2. Subject is in the center of the frame
Central subject also works sometimes, but normally it’s better to shoot it positioned to one side, as explained in the Rule of thirds. Most cameras are capable of showing a grid in the viewfinder that can help us split the scene into thirds—horizontally and vertically. The main subject should ideally be positioned where the lines cross each other or in a full third, keeping the rest of the elements aligned with the grid lines. Below is an example for you.
3. Distraction in Background
Get used to the habit of taking a good look around the scene before framing a shot to find the best background and shooting location. You should always examine your photograph’s background. You won’t miss clutter behind the subject, and it’s an easy fix if you move to one side, pick a different angle, or use a wider aperture (to blur the background). Read this for better understanding about the background and how important it is for each of your photographs.
In the following posts I’ll discuss about these in broader aspects.
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