Tips For The Budding Photographer

Photograph Tricks Using Light and Long Exposure

Photograph Tricks Using Light and Long Exposure

A few quick tips for those new to photography, which may just save a few wasted attempts which, lets face it we have all made at some point or other!When taking standard photos around the house, simple nature shots using animals or plants or more organized photos. Educate yourself on photography techniques and tricks you can use to take images that have charm, composition and add breadth to your imagination, it won’t be long before you will always know how to take a good picture.

A good point to bear in mind when taking your shots in black and white, which can look fantastic at times and in the right circumstances, but don’t overdo it. Try introducing an element of color which will draw the eye to the part of the image.

Another simple tip that can assist you and will to prevent you getting lens flare. This usually takes place when you attempt to take your shots in bright light. A simple tip to avoid lens flare is to make use of a filter, or a lens hood or if necessary place your hand over or around your lens to provide cover, just watch out for your little pinky.

Understand how to take a good picture and what setting and mode you are shooting in, For instance, you may need to identify that when you choose to shoot in RAW that you will not have programmed corrections that you can make use of when you upload them on the computer. You will, however, have better post production quality output from this picture format.

When photographing a structure or a landscape, think about shooting from an angle that includes a strong point of interest apart from the “bigger image.” Examples of this could consist of a colorful arrangement of flowers beside the building, or a majestic  tree in the forefront of that distant sunset. You can also try changing your level or angle of shot, like laying your camera as low as possible, you may need to use an automatic release to achieve some of them, but the end results can make it all worthwhile. Landscapes are frequently lost in translation if not specified by their proximity to other outside the box for a while as you are setting up for the shot.

You can also try out various speeds for your cameras shutter. Don’t be afraid of harming your equipment they are usually quite rugged especially if you have gone for a quality piece. So try speeding up and slowing it down, this is one of the great benefits of using digital SLR’s these days, you can check the effects straight away. See how the different settings have affected the results the various images. This will all take time in order to get the effect you are looking for and it is with such practice so you will know instinctively what settings to use in order to get the desired effect.

If shooting outdoors or in an area that is bathed with outdoor lighting, it is unlikely that you will need a flash, however you may need to reflect some of the light to lighten up some of the shaded areas.

Capturing genuine and natural interaction and feeling between people and animals is one of the greatest effects in photography, but only practice will get you there, so it’s important to always have a camera available at all times, even if its not your best equipment.  Always be on the lookout for friends exchanging jokes and laughing or a couple sharing an intimate moment, but be tactful and get permission if its warranted especially where children are concerned. Recording these precious moments can show so much more feeling than a prepared in advance type of shot with fixed smiles and awkward poses.

You can also have fun with the play of shadow over your object. A shadow can enhance an image when allowed to play over the object you are shooting, it makes for interesting pictures for people to see. You can even have a shadow become the subject of your photograph. Arrange the lighting and the background to make intended shadows can also  embrace a shape you want use.

Try utilizing these tips and techniques over the next few weeks and make notes on what you have learned and how you could make use of this knowledge in the future. You can give yourself an excellent head start in building a creative and varied photography portfolio in this way, you will never lose this knowledge once you have mastered it. This expertise will assist you as you develop your skills in portraiture, landscape photography, sports photography including action shots, as well as macro shots that bring you up close and personal with your subjects.

Initially take a broad approach to your photography and find you natural talent, you can always narrow your focus as you make progress with your knowledge.

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