DSLR Basics Every Newbie Photographer Should Know Read more

DSLR Basics Every Newbie Photographer Should Know

For a person making the switch from using a regular point and shoot camera to a DSLR camera, the transition can be an overwhelming and intimidating experience. This leads to some users to just give up and be content using the auto function of the DSLR, not realizing the full potential these cameras bring if these users knew what DSLRs can do.

That is why we have come up with this handy guide to help users like you make the most of your DSLR and help you discover what you can do with it in ways you never thought about with a camera and hone your skills as a photographer in the process.

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Learning and Setting Apertures and Shutter Speeds

One of the most important concepts in DSLR photography is learning the concept of apertures and shutter speeds. First, let’s learn what they are and each of them can do.

Aperture refers to the size of the opening in the camera lens which determines how much light can pass through. For instance, an aperture of f/2.8 means it is a large aperture that entails much light can pass through it, while an f/16 aperture is smaller in size, with little light can pass through it.

Aperture size indicates how much depth of field an image will have. This means that a small aperture allows the image to show objects located at a great distance to be captured clearly and in focus as in landscape photos. A large aperture on the other hand puts distant objects out of focus while the object located closest to the camera is captured more vividly and in greater detail, as is employed in close up shots.

Shutter speed on the other hand refers to the length of time the shutter stays open to capture a photo. This is something to take in consideration especially if your subject is a fast moving object. For instance, a faster shutter speed value of 1/250 sec allows you to vividly capture a running dog without any blur caused by the movement. Conversely, a slow shutter speed value of 1/15 sec captured blurred movements of the water which can create some artistic shots as well.

Learning about ISO

ISO measures how sensitive to light your camera’s sensor is, especially in relation to how much light is available in the area where you will be taking photos. For instance, outdoor shoots on a sunny day require less sensitivity to light of the sensor, thus needing only low ISO settings. However, low light conditions require greater sensitivity to light. Thus high ISO settings are preferred in this case.

You can either set the ISO settings to auto or you can select which ISO level to use as professionals like Emma Joy would do. But as a beginner, it is recommended you leave the ISO settings at auto or choose the settings at 400-800 for outdoors and 1600 and above for indoors. Take note though that higher ISO settings may cause graininess on the photo.

Controlling Metering Settings (If Needed)

Metering refers to the calculation your camera makes for the average exposure, making sure that the photo is properly exposed which means it’s neither too dark nor too bright. Under normal lighting situations, the camera does the work so nothing else is needed to be done on your end, which also makes this control an overlooked one. However, in low light areas, the camera may not be able to do the metering properly. That is why the DSLR has an “exposure composition” control which is the +/- button near the camera shutter, allowing you to increase or decrease the lighting exposure that would be applied on to the image.

Changing the White Balance Settings

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White balance refers to how the colors appear in your photos, not just the white. Normally, the camera sets the white balance to auto and while it does the job in some cases, in other situations, it causes unrealistic color tones to appear in your photo. Thus, it is important to adjust your DSLR’s white balance settings beforehand for better results. Fortunately, the white balance settings provide different presets available to suit the lighting condition in the area where you will shoot, ranging from daylight to shade, to fluorescent (for areas mainly lighted by fluorescent lights) and flash, (for instances you will use flash, especially in minimal light) among other settings.

Final Tips

Lastly, always make it a point to read your DSLR’s manual to get you more acquainted with your camera and the controls it offers. Many DSLRs today offer more advanced features than before; discover what features they offer that would help you shoot better photographs.

As you learn more about your DSLR, try to experiment with different settings and setting combinations to get a better grasp of how each element works in achieving overall quality of your photos.

 

 

 

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6 Most Popular Subjects in Landscape Photography Read more

6 Most Popular Subjects in Landscape Photography

landscape photographyIn professional photography, a subject or point of interest is chosen ahead by a professional photographer before he/she actually clicks on the camera. Subjects vary depending on what type of photography you are into or on what the purpose of the shoot is.

In wedding photography, wedding photographer Cambridge has different subjects to choose from aside from the couple who is getting married. For landscape photography, there are plenty of subjects that you can choose from. The subject or point of interest may be based on what is available in the location of the shoot. Some landscape photographers travel far just to capture more amazing landscapes. They get ideas online on what the best spots to shoot are.

If you are new to landscape photography, it is wise to do a research on what the best locations and subjects are so you can plan better on where and when to shoot. There are popular subjects in landscape photography that you can start with but you will have to make sure your photos are much more unique and creative than the others.

Well, here are some of the popular subjects that you might want to consider shooting. There are plenty of cities or countries that you can find these popular subjects.

  1. Trees

Trees are always a good focal point to use when composing your landscape. They vary in size and even in color depending on the season. Trees also look different in different time periods. You can certainly produce creative shots when you choose a tree or trees as your main subject.

  1. Lakes

The glistening lake is always a favorite among photographers. A perfect shot of a lake will certainly please the viewers. They will feel relaxed seeing how amazing the lake shot is. There are several wonderful lakes that you can find when you try to do a research. Some are popular while others are still undiscovered so it is up to you on how you can reveal the true beauty of the place.

  1. Waterfalls

The flowing waterfalls from a high place are definitely interesting to shoot. If it is your first time to shoot moving subjects, then you might find it a bit difficult. But then, the solution to this is to adjust the setting of your camera to a faster shutter speed. If your camera has an image stabilization feature, then that would be better. Your flowing waterfalls will look sharp and not blurry.

  1. Mountain

Most countries have mountains that they really treasure a lot and are popular all over the world. These mountains are preferred subjects by many landscape photographers. You can try to capture a mountain from a different angle or perspective or at a different time so you can produce a more creative shot that is different from what other photographers already presented.

  1. Dessert

You might find desserts uninteresting to capture if you are new to landscape photography. But then, you should know that there are many techniques that professional landscape photographers do to make their shots look amazing. You can make a dessert shot look powerful by shooting it at the golden hour – early morning or late afternoon.

  1. Forest

Rich forests in various parts of the world surely have a lot to offer. A forest is popular among photographers because you can make unique shots from it and don’t have to worry on the possibility of it looking similar to those by other photographers. Make sure though that you do a research before going to the location. Some forests might be dangerous so you will need to follow safety precautions when visiting new places.

Taking photography courses related to landscape photography can help you become a better landscape photographer.

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Top 8 Helpful Photography Tips Read more

Top 8 Helpful Photography Tips

digital photographyPhotography is a broad thing to learn. It cannot be mastered in one day. It takes time to become an expert at it. Now, if you are really serious in becoming one of the great photographers in the world, then you need to listen to more successful shooters who have been in the industry for years.

We gathered some helpful photography tips from our professional photographer friends. These tips can hopeful help you master photography and become a skilled professional photographer.

  1. Don’t invest too much on the camera body

If you are still planning to buy a new camera, a good choice is a DSLR. A DSLR is versatile and can be used in whatever forms of photography. DSLR cameras are generally more costly than other types but then there are affordable ones that you can buy. You don’t have to invest on a high-end DSLR if you are still a beginner. Remember that you still need to buy lenses, memory cards, batteries, tripod and other accessories so don’t spend all your money on the camera body. Lenses are also important particularly in getting specific type of shots. 

  1. Get close to your subject

Get as close as you can to your subject so you don’t have to zoom in. Zooming in to capture an image or adjusting your camera settings to shoot your subject from a distance can sometimes create noise or produce lesser quality images. The image won’t be as sharp as when you shoot it from nearby. Only use a zoom or telephoto zoom lens when you cannot get close to your subject like when you are shooting a football game.

  1. Familiarize the shooting modes available in your camera

There are different shooting modes that you can find in DSLR cameras. You can find them in different assigned numbers depending on the camera brand but most DSLRs have the same common shooting modes: Shutter priority, Aperture priority, Program mode and Manual. Familiarize each shooting mode then study which one is best for you to use based on what creative shots you plan to shoot often. The professional photographer of buckinghamshire wedding photography has already mastered the shooting modes and knows when to use each.

  1. Learn how to use an image editing program

Knowledge on how to use an image-editing program like Photoshop and Lightroom can help you improved your captured images. If you want to become a better photographer, then find time to learn how to use enhance or improve your images so they will look more visually appealing.

  1. Shoot in RAW

Shooting in RAW can allow you to have more control on how you want your shots to look after post-production. This is different from JPEG wherein the camera already processed the image so it automatically looks different from what your eyes see.

  1. Study the light

Light is important in photography and to get sharp, brilliant pictures, it is best to get sufficient light when taking pictures. Study how to produce light in low-light situations and learn also how to control light if it is too bright especially when shooting outdoors.

  1. Shoot as often as you can

Taking pictures everyday and finding time to practice your shots can definitely help you acquire different photography skills. The challenges that you managed to solve along the way can be a good learning experience from you. By the time, you are already offering photography services you can avoid making these mistakes and your client will be satisfied with your work.

  1. Find time to study your camera’s manual

A camera manual can be intimidating and time consuming to read, but then, if you really want to learn correct information and get the most out of your camera then you must allocate time to skim through it. Also, when you encounter a problem with your camera, the manual can guide you on how to best troubleshoot it.

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