Photography is a skill you can spend a lifetime mastering – but like any skill, a couple of pointers can go a long way.
Whether you’re just getting started, or you’ve already filled more memory cards than you know what to do with, a quick tip can be all you need to unlock your creative freedom and make your images better than ever before.
Here are some to get you started:
The screen on the back of your camera makes sizing up the image you’ve just taken easy – but it doesn’t always show you the complete picture.
Ambient light and the (almost too good) quality of your camera display can conspire to hide a poorly exposed image from detection. Learning to use your histogram makes under (or over!) exposed images a thing of the past, letting you see what’s going on in your photographs at just a glance.
Low light shooting can be a frustrating experience. Why can’t the camera capture what your eye can clearly see?
Getting your camera sensor to see well in the dark can be tricky, but with practice you can learn to understand how it sees the world when the lights dim. Of course, learning to judge the light like that can take time – so here are three simple tricks to get you started.
Most of us go about our day with a high-quality camera ready to go, riding along in our pocket. Now, more than ever, you never need to miss the moment again.
With capability like that with you all the time, it makes sense to be sure you are getting the most out of it. After all, when the perfect opportunity strikes, it might be all you have with you.
True creative expression comes from a zen-like understanding of the light and your lens. Getting there, however, is a long journey.
While we, as photographers, are always striving to reach new heights, it is always important to remember the simpler things that everything else is built on top of. Quickly reviewing the basics always pays off.
The light is right, and you stand, poised with the instrument of your art. The button clicks, and a moment later you hear the satisfying thunk of the shutter. The image has been saved.
Except… it’s wrong. Not what you wanted, or even unusable. Sadly, this is an experience we all have, from time to time, and it never stops being frustrating.
While there is a lot that can go wrong in taking a photograph, there are some common culprits that everyone needs to be aware of.
It’s no secret that your camera sees a different world than you do – part of that is the lens you are using, part of it is simply the way things are.
This isn’t a bad thing and is in fact part of what makes photography so appealing, the thrill of capturing something larger than life. After all, ‘everything looks bigger on television’.
The downside is when this different world works against you, or your subject, perhaps rendering a less flattering record of their appearance than you would prefer.
You might not be able to change the world, but you can alter how your camera sees it. With the right tricks, not only can you knock off those extra ten pounds, but you can also capture your subject’s true beauty in a way only the camera can see.
Modern digital SLRs are amazing things, crammed full of wonderful engineering designed to make your life easier.
But they don’t only offer ease of use – they offer control, and creativity. When you take off the training wheels and see all that your camera lets you adjust, it can be overwhelming.
Don’t worry though – as with many things, mastering just a few simple parts lets you use the whole. Starting with these ten things will set you up for true DSLR mastery.
Becoming a true master of the camera is a long road that few finish travelling – but thanks to the internet, all the secret little tips and tricks you need are available, right here!
All you need to supply is the practice.