Cameras are a complicated piece of equipment. It takes time to fully understand them. If you were to sit down and attempt to learn how to use everything, you’d end up completely lost on your camera the whole time. Like most people, I struggled to see the point of learning how to use my first digital camera. Once you know how to properly use a camera, it become much easier to take the perfect picture.
For instance, when you put your camera on manual mode, you can fix almost anything when something is going wrong. It’s somewhat like using an old film SLR from the 60’s. (Those were the ones that didn’t have buttons that do everything for you.) Once you learn how to properly shoot on manual mode, you’ll find there’s no need to adjust the settings and you’ll get better results on your own.
You can learn basic composition techniques such as the rule of thirds and the use of lines in your photos. You’ll start to look at everything and think how you might frame a photo, even when you haven’t got a camera on you. Being the best option for photographers, You can learn how to use your camera without having to depend on Photoshop. In doing so, you’ll learn how to appreciate your photos as this knowledge subtly helps your photos improve. As a photographer, it becomes too obvious to notice when a photo was photoshopped and you’ll eventually become aware of seeing it in every photo.
One of the main challenges of photography is to keep all your photos fresh and interesting. You can do this by pushing the boundaries of your photo without using flash on your camera. On camera flash is unflattering as it really flattens your image. I can’t stress enough whenever I see light flashing from the same angle as the lens. Photos with flash may as well have been taken on your phone since you’re left without any natural shadows. When I first realise that I hated the pop-up flash, I considered buying an external flash unit instead.
If you’re a tall person like me, I always find myself adjusting my height to take photos of people so I’m not looking down on them. I always try to find new ways to take a photo. Instead of mounting the camera on a tripod, I try to take a shot from higher angles to keep a fresh perspective. If you’re shorter, think about taking a ground photo as a way to explore a new angle and to maintain a fresh perspective on your shot.
Instead of zooming in, get involved in your photo. Look at things from a different angle as this allows for a different perspective. Search for the fine details that would usually be overlooked in a scene and make them the subject of your photo if you really want to stand out. The background is a part of your photo too, so make sure it’s not cluttered or messy. Moving your camera a few centimeters to the side may make all the difference when it comes to snapping the perfect photo.
Think about what’s on your screen. Ask yourself if each individual element adds a new element to the photo. If not, it’s taking away from the photo. Some examples are tree branches, streetlights, and other people in the background. Look for a way to put a frame around them, like a doorway or window. Framing can add a context to your photo as it tells the viewer a little more about what’s going on and where the photo was taken. Not only does this add a sense of depth but also another element for that photo.
LCD displays on digital cameras are getting better nowadays, but they are still limited to the environment. If you’re in a bright room, you’ll find that shading the display with your hand won’t do much when it comes to looking at your perfect photo. In some photos, people and things might appear to have a nasty orange coloured tinge. Without flash, it often results in darker subjects. Don’t worry, there’s no use waiting until you get home to find out that your photo is good or not. If you want to see a good quality photo, you have to download it onto your computer or tablet to get its full depth. The fortunate thing about photography is that it’s a lot of fun to find what works best for your photos with just a little bit of practice. In no time, you’ll begin to see results to achieve your perfect photo.