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Beginning Photography Tips - Getting Started With Photography

Greg Schueler

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Here are some tips for anyone beginning photography:

Taking Pictures:

  • Be Patient - You will have to be patient as you learn the art and skill of photography. It may look simple but beginning photography and becoming good at it will not happen overnight.
  • Move In Closer - Take your pictures from varying distances, moving in closer all the time until you fill the frame with your subject or until you are sure a 4 x 6 photo will successfully represent your subject.
  • Composition - Apply the rule of thirds which implies that just the right amount of stress in a photograph creates more interest. It works by dividing the rectangular shape of your scene into nine smaller rectangles with the points of interest located where the lines of the rectangles intersect. What this does is place the subject slightly off center.
  • Indoor photographs - Instead of flash, try using natural light for your indoor digital pictures.

Beginning photography tips cannot be complete without touching on the camera itself and how to get the best out of it.

Camera and Settings:
  • Choice of Camera

    It's ok to start out with a point and shoot camera but if you really want to take things a step further, buy a digital single lens reflex (SLR) camera as it gives you control over the aperture (see 4) and shutter speeds (see 5), which together control the exposure of the shot.

  • Lenses:

    Most digital cameras come with a standard lens but with the option to attach any of the 3 types of lenses. There's benefit in having all 3 lenses as you can always interchange them to satisfy different shooting conditions.

    1. A macro lens lets you get closer to objects like flowers and insects.
    2. A wide angle lens is good for capturing large and wide sceneries, including landscapes.
    3. A telephoto lens gives you longer zooms if you're taking photos of objects in the distance like birds in trees.

  • Tripod:

    Camera shake or vibrations can cause blur in your digital images. Having a tripod will eradicate this.

  • Aperture Control:

    The aperture allows light to enter and learning to adjust it properly can prevent your digital images appearing either very bright or very dim.

  • Shutter Speeds:

    Shutter speeds determine how much exposure to light the image gets - learning to control this important function can prevent your digital images appearing blurry.

Following the beginning photography tips listed here will have you taking photographs that people will comment on for years to come.

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