5 Useful Photography Tips for Beginners Who Want to Improve their Photography Game

5 Useful Photography Tips for Beginners Who Want to Improve their Photography Game

  • 08/05/2019
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Are you ready to point, click and shoot? Photography is not only a creative medium for self-expression, it is also a wonderful hobby to pursue in life.

If you are here, you probably are a beginner who is looking for practical and useful photography tips to improve your clicking game.

This post will help you learn the basic tips of photography as well as pick up some essential tricks to up your photography game.

But before we get to that, let’s take a walk down history lane and understand photography from the beginning. 

 

The Early Days

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Photography was a selective art, practiced by a few acolytes until a decade ago when it was bought to the masses.

The complexity of using an Analog camera that uses film and the process of developing that film made it an expensive hobby too. Not everyone could afford it plus not everyone knew the skills to photograph using an analog camera.

 

Dawn of the Digital Era

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Enter the point and shoot digital camera and the scenario turned on its head. Now anyone could aim and shoot and with the camera doing the major work, could hope to gain a presentable output.

The digital format for viewing and storage cut down the developing and printing costs and offered instant gratification!

DSLRs took the game one step higher. Now anyone could turn out professional photographs and if the initial enthusiasm carried over, they can actually become very good photographers.

 

5 Useful Photography Tips for Beginners Who Want To Improve Their Photography: 

 

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This article is aimed at beginners who need help with non-technical side of photography, starting from choosing the right camera to choosing the right composition in your photographs.

Whether you are looking for technical aspects or creative tips, don’t forget to read till the end of these essential photography tips for beginners if you want to up your photography game.

Ready? Let’s begin!

 

Choose the Right Camera

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Perhaps this question is best answered by a set of questions.

After all, every camera offers its own set of pros and cons that you must consider before shelling out money.

Ask yourself:  Why you want to buy a camera? What is your passion? How much time can you afford to spend on this hobby? Most importantly how much money can you spend on a camera?

 

Once you have answers to these questions, look for one that suits your budget, an entry level camera that can accommodate additional lenses and equipment in future and with a decent megapixel delivery.

10 megapixels should be more than enough for an amateur unless you are planning to print transparencies of large size.

Read through the available literature on the internet and diligently note down what you really need and forego what you wish to have!

As far as brands go most of the top brands have little to differentiate between them and offer great choices.

Look for a camera that has a basic body that can accommodate all future equipment additions like lenses and kits.

 

Use the Camera Daily

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This tip might sound like a no-brainer to the budding photography enthusiast in you but there are countless people who buy a camera only to leave it at home and forget about it eventually.

The camera is your tool and you are the craftsman who must keep the tool handy to practice and improve.

Make time for your hobby of photography, set a schedule and use your camera as much as possible. Experiment with its features and options.

If you own a DSLR it offers a lot of room to experiment. Don’t just stick to the auto setting. Go manual mode and try out every single option like aperture priority/shutter priority and play around.

Practice, day in and day out, and don’t leave any opportunity to shoot.

You never know when a chance for a great shot comes up. That lovely bird on a tree, the dewdrop on the leaf or the magnificent view of a setting sun!

The more you shoot, the better you get – it’s as simple as that.

 

Know When to Photograph

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Whether you buy a DSLR or a point and shoot camera, an important rule of photography is: know when to click the shoot button.

If you are ready to take better photos, you must first understand ‘when’ to take a photo.

Here are few pointers to keep in mind for clicking pictures of landscapes, people and objects:

  1. Click when the focus is on the  eyes of the subject
  2. Click when the scene or subject is properly exposed
  3. Click when your shot is visually aligned and straight
  4. Click when your hands are stable
  5. Click when you have natural lighting

 

When it comes to action or motion photography, you should keep the following tips in mind:

  1. Set up your camera’s autofocus correctly
  2. Increase your camera’s shutter speed
  3. Panning your camera with the subject centered in your camera’s viewfinder

On the other hand, if you are on a bird watching trip, you should use every available moment to watch and photograph.

Knowing when to photograph will help you develop your skill of 'composition' in photography. 

 

Visualize your Shot

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Before going technical, take a moment to visualize the shot and how you see it with your naked eye and how it would turn out on a photograph.

Your eye is the best camera – make good use of it. Before clicking on your camera, try to compose the shot in your mind and see if the setting can be adjusted to obtain that shot.

Few tips about visualizing a shot:

  1. Look at the available light, photography is first and foremost working with available light.
  2. Look at the position of the sun, the shades and highlights.
  3. Look at the alignment of the subject – use your camera’s gridlines and compose your shot according to the rule of thirds.

Remember: If you can see a shot in your mind, you can compose it in your camera. So try to imagine your shot before you start clicking.

 

Find Different Perspectives

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Have you ever looked at a photograph and wondered what made it so unique, special or inviting? Yes, using your equipment the right way is certainly one way to be a better photographer.

However, the more important aspect of clicking amazing photos is to find different perspectives.

So, what exactly is a ‘perspective’ and why does it matter in photography?

Basically, a perspective is the sense that combines the different elements of photography.

Simply put, perspective is the way you ‘look’ at a photograph – it defines the depth, the emotion, the angle and the space of a photograph.  Perspective gives an image its context; it gives the image its meaning.