Hey guys and gals!
I've been wanting to write this article for quite a while but never actually found the time to do so, anyway 2 close friends of Ardents recently purchased a dSLR thus prompting me to write this article in the benefit of those who are taking those itsy bitsy baby steps towards the realm of photography.
There are actually 3 basic steps that everyone takes towards photography enlightenment..
The first step for any aspiring photographer is the need to know two things, their equipment in terms of settings and behavior and the other is the basics of photography such as what is shutter speed, apperture and ISO.
Below are the quick run through on the things to learn up for : –
- What is a 'stop' – Well everything in photography is about light and how its controlled. This light is measured in stops i.e. 1 stop over or under.
- How do you control light?
- Types of light – Know the different white balance settings and what's the difference between incandesant light vs fluorescent light.
- Settings – where all the buttons, functions and how to access them
- The difference between Auto Focus (AF) and Metering modes. (Auto focus is how the camera focuses on a subject and metering is how much light is needed for to properly expose the image)
- Quirky things – as God made all of us different, so do different camera models and brands, each has their own different quirkiness. Like the metering is always -1 stop lower than what the camera indicate and so on.
You'll graduate from this when you can be confident in taking pictures with their correct exposures, consistently of course and with sharp images and not blurred by shake or incorrect focus.
Once you get have the basics and are consistent in getting images sharp and properly exposed, we move on to the 2nd stage. Only now we talk about what goes into the image. No point in trying to look at angles and composition when you can't even be confident in exposing the image correctly. The last thing you want is to take a once in a life time image, only to realize it was set too dark or too bright or worse yet, isn't sharp.
Below are the quick run through on things to learn in this area: –
- 2/3 rule – Rule of 2 thirds. Try not composing the shot at dead centre but try placing it in other areas. Read up the 2/3 rule for photography composition.
- Strong subject – Whether the subject is clearly defined, is the image too cluttered? This can be either by shape or by color.
- Timing – Getting the shot at the right time rather than machine gunning the camera. You might think why not? well simple, you can't machine gun all the time especially when you are using a flash. So why not train up? will save you plenty of time from looking through tons of pictures of the same thing.