5 Photography Tips For Beginners

Written By Paul Changion Senior On 21 May 2018

Starting out as an amateur photographer can be an exciting yet daunting new passion. To add to this, many blogs and magazines often tend to overlook photographers who have a newly acquired passion for photography. This often means that these articles can leave beginners confused as the writers assume the reader already has a basic understanding. But, do not fear, as we have written a few photography tips to help you grasp some basics for best utilizing your new camera:

1. Use A Tripod
Even with your point and shoot camera, you will be amazed at how the use of a tripod will single handedly improve the quality of your photographs. A tripod allows you the opportunity to use different angles such as: standing, kneeling or laying down beside your camera and study the composition elements in the viewfinder or LCD screen. You simply cannot study the composition elements well enough if your non-mounted camera is moving constantly.

2. Find The Right Lighting
If you are shooting outdoors and the sun is hiding out behind a few temporary clouds, rather wait for the clouds to pass before taking your photographs. The darkness of a few clouds masking the natural light can lead to a very dull and lifeless photograph. It is oftentimes best to wait for the sun to provide natural saturation and warmth to give the photograph the vibrancy and brightness that it lacks. Conversely, if you are trying to achieve a gloomier scene for the photograph, light rain which is enveloped in soft overcast light can provide you with the look you are striving to achieve. That is why it is best to know your light and adjust your shooting to the weather conditions in order to achieve the scene you had in mind. This photography tip suggests warm and bright sunny days are ideal for big blue-sky landscape pictures whilst grey overcast days a perfect for portraits of people and objects with no sky in the picture.

3. Don’t Be Afraid To Get Your Hands Dirty
Not managing to get the shot that you envisaged? By simply changing your perspective and viewing the scene from a different angle, your composition will improve dramatically. Many professional photographers will have dirty knees and elbows from getting down and dirty in order to get their famous shots.

4. Keep Your Camera With You Most Of The Time
Photo opportunities are oftentimes spontaneous and come when you least expect them to. By keeping your camera equipment simply and easily mobile, you may be able to take advantage of some of those surprise opportunities.

5. Don’t Be Afraid To Experiment With Your Camera Settings
Even if you are a beginner with a starter camera, your camera may have some powerful features that you did not know about. Start by reading through the manual or watching a few Youtube videos about the camera model for help in deciphering all the different symbols (and use these photography tips). As you experiment with each symbol, try shooting your subjects using multiple settings. This will allow you to determine the settings that you like the most. In addition, when you are looking at your photos on your computer, you can check the EXIF data to recall the settings that you have used previously.

Photography is one of the most popular hobbies in the world and it often allows individuals to express themselves and be creative in a way which words do not allow for. By experimenting with your camera, using different angles and waiting for the correct lighting – you can grow your passion for photography even further by improving your photographs drastically with these photography tips.

The Printwild team

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