Tips to Improve Your Photography

Tips to Improve Your Photography

As I go about my workday, I meet many amateur photographers with questions about photography. While I am happy to answer their questions, I feel frustrated that I only have a few brief minutes with them.  The intent of this article is to provide a frame work for a
budding photographer with tips to improve your photography.

Read the camera instruction manualinstruction manual to your camera.  You camera instruction manual is a wealth of information in understanding how your camera works.  Much of the remainder of this article is predicated upon the fact that you have read the instruction manual.

Learn about composeition and the “rule of thirds” .

Shoot in manual or learn how to adjust the exposure compensation on your camera.  When a photograph appears too dark (under-exposed) or too light (over-exposed), dial in a bit of exposure compensation.  Through this method you will add or subtract the light coming into the camera by small increments until you get a perfectly exposed photograph.

Select the correct shooting mode.  Ask yourself what you want the final photograph to look like.  If you want a photo where the action is frozen, select shutter priority with a short shutter speed. If the entire scene is very dark because the light is low, use aperture priority. Become familiar with the  shooting modes for your specific camera.

Evaluate theflash with over exposed background available light.  Is the background behind the subject very bright?  This can cause the subject to appear to be a silhouette.  It was necessary to use a flash in the photograph on the right so you could see her face due to the bright sunlight room behind her.

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Learn to use your flash.  If your friends’ faces are over exposed,  you probably stood too close to them when you took the photograph (as you see in the image of the three kids to the left). There are many different techniques you can use with a flash. Yo can bounce it off the wall, diffuse it and adjust the intensity.  Learning to use your flash can take a long time but it is very rewarding when you see the positive results.

Learn to adjust the ISO of your camera.  The ISO refers to the sensitivity of the  digital camera’s sensor to the light in the given scene.

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Use the correct white balance or learn to set it on your camera.  Most point and shoot cameras automatically adjust the white balance.  However it is something you need to know and understand about.

Learn to post process and retouch.  There are a variety of apps and software programs you can use to retouch a photograph.  However, many amateurs go overboard with retouching and the final image no longer appears natural.

Note: I have shot with Nikon for my entire life and am totally sold on Nikon products.  Therefore, if you were to ask me what camera you should buy, of course I will recommend a Nikon. Their customer service is top notch and I believe they make great cameras and lenses.

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