Super Beginner Quick Photography Tips
Did you just buy a new DSLR? Looking for some super beginner quick tips to help you get started? I’ll share a few tips with that can help you get started.
First off, when you get your DSLR, the best way and quickest way to learn how to create great photography with it is to read your camera’s manual. By reading the manual you will learn what each button on the camera does, what it’s for, and if possible, how to modify each function to better suite your needs. Once you go through your manual page by page from start to end, you will know where everything is and will make operating you DSLR so much more fun to use!
Secondly, join a photography club or organization. Even the most professional of organizations openly welcome novice photographers. Clubs and organizations love to share their photography knowledge with everyone from beginners to professionals. In the world of photography no one knows everything and there is always something new to learn. Photography is an ever evolutionary industry, so as a beginner you may be able to teach a professional some tips and tricks just as much as they can teach you.
Thirdly, Practice! There is no substitute for practice. Practice, practice, practice! It’s how you truly get to know your camera and to better learn to hone your skills as a photographer. The nice thing about DSLR’s is that you can take a million photos and see the results right away. So take your camera everywhere, try out different settings, composition, subjects, etc and see what works for you!
Three Main Camera Settings
There are three main camera settings which you need to learn to better your photographic skills:
Shutter Speed – This is how fast the shutter closes. If you want to capture fast moving subjects then you will want to use a faster shutter speed, if you want fast moving subjects to blur a little or a lot, then use a slower shutter speed. Shutter speed also affects the about of light getting into you camera. If you are in a low light area you will want a slower shutter speed to allow more light into the camera. If you are in a very bright area, you will want a faster shutter speed, limiting the amount of light entering into the camera.
Aperture – This is how wide the lens is open in orer to let light into the camera. Aperture is measured in “f-stops”. The smaller the f-stop the wider the lens is open, the larger the f-stop, the smaller the lens is open. A wide open lens allows more light into the camera where as a smaller open lens restricts the amount of light. Remember the small the f-stop, the wider open the lens and the higher the f-stop, the smaller the lens. Also when shooting with a wide open lens, it can help create that smooth bokeh effect where the background is all blurred. When shooting with higher f-stops will allow for foreground and background to be in focus.
ISO – is the sensitivity of light into the camera. This higher the ISO the more prone to “noise” your image will have. The more noise, the grainer the look of the image. In darker situations, you will need to raise you ISO, in brighter situations use lower ISO. Use only the minimum ISO necessary to achieve the look you want as to not risk your images looking grainy due to too high of ISO settings.
There is a lot to learn in creating stunning imagery. Never stop learning, practice as much as you can, try different settings and composition, and join a photography group, club, or organization where you can learn from others in the industry.
Did I miss anything? What would you add? If you are a newbie, what do you struggle with? Let me know in the comments below!