Everything You Need To Know About Amateur Photography
Photography is equal parts science and art, with skills and vision playing crucial roles in the final results.
Whether you are content with an amateur's level of photographic skills or you aspire to be the next Ansel
Adams, these tips will take you one step further in understanding the process.
Be aware of what shooting mode you are in. For example, you need to know that when you decide to shoot
in RAW that you will not have preset corrections that you can use when you upload them on the computer.
You will, however, have much better post production quality output from this photo format.
When taking a photo of a landscape, try to ensure that there are objects of interest in the foreground,
middleground, and background of the shot. By balancing your composition this way, you can capture the
full range of interesting features that a landscape has to offer, rather than focusing solely on nearby or
When you take your best shots, always try to better them by recreating them later. Sometimes you don't even
know what it is that makes a shot great. By trying to recreate it, you can learn what it was that made it great
and apply that element to your future shots.
Consider how the viewer's eye will follow the shot. Good shots have at least one point that will focus the
viewer's initial attention. Better shots have multiple points of interest that act as a virtual tour of the photo.
Example include a defined skyline, lines on a road, or items in the foreground that stretch into the
If you are going to take a good photograph consider what is in the back ground. You do not want
unnecessary things in the back ground of your photograph such as cars, light poles, etc. A plain back ground
is always better and does not take away from the subject.
Always study the work of great photographers. You need to be critical of their work and determine what it is
in their shots that makes them great. You also need to keep an eye out for their flaws as well. You can then
apply this knowledge to your own shots.
When shooting at night, it's best to steady your camera on a tripod. Whether shooting film or digital, when
you're working at night the chances are you're going to be using long shutter speeds. Any speeds slower than
1/30th of a second will show blurring and vibrations from the camera shaking. Mount your camera on a
tripod to avoid these detrimental affects of camera shake.
Choose your locations after you see what your subject is going to wear for the photos. These things should
be planned out before the day of the photos to be sure that they are not going to clash. If you have subjects
wearing bright clothing, choose a muted background to shoot in front of.
Always make sure that you are using the best shooting settings for your subjects. They differ depending
upon the subject or the lighting. Generally though, you want to keep an eye on the ISO. Try to use the
lowest ISO possible for the situation to avoid any grain in your shot.
Don't rely on your camera's zoom. Get a close as possible before you start to use your zoom. Zooming in can
be helpful, but after a while the picture can get distorted. You're better off getting as close to the subject as
you can before you try to zoom in on it.
If shooting outside or in an area that is bathed with outdoor lighting, confirm whether or not flash on the
subject is appropriate. You want to turn it off if it is bathed in bright sunlight or other really bright
conditions. Turn the flash back on when in heavy shadow or darker areas.
One of the things that you can do when you are taking pictures is to lean on something to achieve better
balance. The more balance that you have, the less movement the camera will make, which can improve the
sharpness of your shots. Maintain your balance if you desire optimal photographs.
You now know the basics of developing your own style. Experiment with your camera and set goals for
yourself. Be patient and make sure you continue gaining knowledge about photography. Don't forget to
brew creative and unique ideas to make your photos stand out from the rest.