While photography is a fun hobby, it is clear that many people struggle to get started. Photography is not so much fun if you are taking photographs that you don’t like or which don’t turn as you would have hoped. Many people start off with great intentions and ambitions of being a photographer but then find that it is not something that is for them. This is where taking time to learn photography basics can make a huge difference in the success and enjoyment that you take from being a photographer.
The most basic tip that you can give to a new photographer is to take the time to read your camera manual, before you begin working on your photography technique. This can seem like a boring tip and one that many people bypass but you make things a lot more difficult for yourself if you do. There can be a temptation to pick up your camera and take photographs straight away, which can be fun and a good way to learn but it may see you miss out on so many things. Taking some quiet time to read the manual while having the camera by your side will provide you with the best platform for knowing what your camera can do and what sort of photographs you can take with it. It may seem like a dull tip but knowing what your camera is capable of will provide you with a perfect starting point to develop your creative photography skills.
Do not rely on the technical benefits of your camera
Once you know what your camera can do and how it can help you, it is important to not rely on these benefits. There are camera settings like Auto ISO which can provide a photographer with a great deal of assistance but this often means that you don’t develop these skills. Taking the time to learn how to set your camera up properly for the best light and shutter speed without relying on a manual setting will help you to develop your skills. Some people only want a camera for holiday snaps and family occasions. These people will benefit from the assistance and support provided by these features but if you are keen to develop your photography skills, it is best to learn without the support from the ever increasing technological benefits provided by smart digital cameras.
When taking photographs, it can be helpful to remember that it is not just about the faces of people in the picture. If the images you have taken in the past have been snaps of your friends and family members, there is an understandable need to focus on the people in the image. However, as you develop your photography skills and study more images, sometimes it is the surroundings of the area around the people that grabs the attention. This is something to bear in mind when lining up your images.
Always remember the rule of thirds
Something that can help people when choosing the focus of their image is to bear the rule of thirds in mind. This is where you should divide your image into three vertical and thee horizontal sections, creating 9 squares. Some cameras have viewfinders that will do this for you but again, it is a good manual skill to develop. It is best to move the focus of your image away from the centre of the shot and along the lines where the points cross over on your screen. You may have a natural tendency to want to centre your image, and there will be times when that works best but the rule of thirds is a great guideline for you to create images that are striking and memorable.
Another important thing to bear in when looking to develop your photography skills is to use a tripod. A steady grip is necessary to make the most of your shots and not everyone is as confident holding a camera as other people. Being able to maintain a consistent position with your camera will help you to take better shots and to reduce the risk of blurring in your images.
While these basic photography tips and skills will not be enough to turn you into a skilled photographer overnight, they can help you to develop your confidence in this field. Once you become more familiar with photography then you may then wish to try your hand at producing trick photography which can prove to be a lot of fun.