The 10 rules every debutant should know
The 21/11/2019 at 13:10
Starting in photography means asking yourself a lot of technical questions. When we start it is important and interesting to focus on pure technique. We are about to make the job easier for your by revealing the 10 rules you shouldn’t ignore to drastically improve your photographs’ quality.
Be at ease with the photographic language.
To obtain good results with every camera, the basics photography principles apply whichever way the photo is shot. However, in order to apply these principles, you need to understand the terms first. Get accustomed to the photographic vocabulary: the exposure, the white balance, a tripod, the viewpoint, the thirds rule, the shutter speed.
Forget the auto mode
There are a lot of camera settings and it takes training to master them well. Try to train with modes other than Auto mode and be in control of your device. Choose semi-automatic or manual mode. For example, learn how to focus properly by playing with the autofocus mode.
Watch the light
The light will be the key element to capture your photograph. You need to learn to recognize the conditions in which you take your photographs and tame the exposure. If the subject is dark, try to overexpose to offset. If the subject is mostly bright, the underexposure is the solution. It is recommended not to take a photo with the sun in your back, because it creates a flat light on your subject. If you shoot with the light on the side or in the back of the subject, you’ll be able to play with the light.
One of the most important composition rules is the rule of thirds, to make your photographs more aesthetic and harmonious. Imagine that your picture is divided in nine equals parts, then place your subject in the center of one of the four intersection points. This should help you to compose better portraits.
The possibility to zoom on your subject is incredible. Use your lens and compose your photograph with the subject filling up the frame. A quality zoom will be your ally particularly in mountainous landscapes. Once you’ll be an expert, we invite you to think about fix focal lengths, that bring more sharpness to your image.
Take your time
It is easy to fail a photograph if we’re not aware. Check your settings: a portrait photograph won’t need the same settings than a nocturnal urban photograph. Also think about your photographic composition. Stay still: the most usual mistake is shaking. Do not move when you shoot a view or your image might be blurry or at least missing sharpness. Determine your shots’ problems while on the field, and not on your computer in post-processing.
Change your viewing point
An unusual angle can change the entire photograph’s feeling. To move is the best way to modify sizes and proportions of your photo’s subjects, for either a portrait or a landscape. Do not hesitate to lay down or to squat down to capture your subject. It is a dynamic approach in animal or child photography. Also try to gain height, to have a higher viewpoint and overhang your subject.
Learn to use the flash
Flashes are not only for dark environment photography. The integrated flash is sometimes more useful during a bright and sunny weather than in the darkness. The flash sometimes allows you to fill dark spots that don’t look good to the naked eye. You can use an external flash and inclining it to the top with a long lens. The flash will be an unhoped of light source in a dark place.
Practice. It is the best advice that will ameliorate your photographs. The more you’ll experiment, the more you’ll play with your camera, the better your photos will be. The more time you’ll give time to photography, the easier it will be for you to create emotions in a shot.
Think about post-processing
Take RAW photos if you want to retouch them or if you think there will be a chance you will retouch them later. Using RAW allow you to define the rendering of your choice and the post-processing will allow you to test all the different facets of a photo.
Once you master all these principles, be free to follow them or not. When you will feel comfortable with these elements, you will be in control of your camera and your shooting.
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