8 Photography tips for beginners
- Know your Camera – Knowing your particular camera can help you in learning its limitations, understanding those limitations will help you creatively overcome them. Read Camera Manual, watch videos related to camera menus and their functions.
- Hold the Camera Correctly – Usual complain in photography is blurry picture.
The most important aspect of holding a camera in landscape orientation is that the elbows are tucked in tightly against the body.
Avoid holding the camera one-handed while you shoot.
Be sure to press the viewfinder firmly against your face.
If your camera has an eye-level finder use it rather than the LCD back panel.
Two hands with elbows in to the body is the most stable way to hold a camera.
- Use correct minimum shutter speed to avoid blurry images – The rule of thumb for capturing sharp, handheld imagery is that you shouldn’t handhold a camera at shutter speeds slower than the equivalent focal length of the lens. This means a 500mm lens shouldn’t be handheld at speeds slower than 1/500-second, a 300mm lens slower than 1/300-second, a 50mm lens slower than 1/50-second, and a 20mm lens slower than 1/20-second. Use image stabilization/Vibration Reduction (VR/IS) Button on lens, with this you can capture sharp images of still objects with a 500mm lens at speeds down to 1/60-second, a 300mm lens at speeds down to 1/30-second, and a 20mm lens at speeds down to 1/2-second.
- Use a tripod – In the battle against shaky images use a tripod in low light situations, any picture will be sharper and have finer detail if it is taken while tripod mounted. For even more stability, use your camera’s timer function with a tripod.
- Use the Highest Resolution Setting – (1)Always shoot your digital camera at the highest resolution possible. (2)This is the setting that gets you the least number of pictures on your memory card. (3) An image file can always be downsized at your computer, but trying to make an image file larger produces very poor results. (4)Prints require large files, Larger prints need larger files. (5)Shoot in RAW format if camera supports.
- Turn the camera OFF before removing a memory card – If a memory card is removed while the camera is still writing to it, you card or pictures may get corrupt. To prevent data loss, always turn off the camera before you try to remove the card. The camera won’t shut down until the last image is written.
- Use Rule of Third for composing your photographs – The basic principle behind the rule of thirds is to imagine breaking an image down into thirds (both horizontally and vertically) so that you have 9 parts.With this grid in mind the ‘rule of thirds’ now identifies four important parts of the image that you should consider placing points of interest in as you frame your image.Not only this – but it also gives you four ‘lines’ that are also useful positions for elements in your photo.Studies have shown that when viewing images that people’s eyes usually go to one of the intersection points most naturally rather than the center of the shot – using the rule of thirds works with this natural way of viewing an image rather than working against it.
- Always Shoot at eye level of the subject – If your subject is seated, crouch down to their eye level. When we shoot a picture looking down on someone we distort their faces in the 2 dimensional photograph, this is especially true when you are shooting kids.