Photography For Beginners

if you have noticed lately, the weather conditions have greatly deteriorated compared to several years before. Call it global warming or whatever you want, but it’s a fact that hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, floods, fires, all these natural catastrophes do happen more often than they used to. Along with these we also have extreme humidity, heat, cold and dust to deal with on a daily basis. No wonder our cameras suffer in the process.

Digital camera manufacturers have started making units that are shockproof, dustproof, waterproof and many other ‘proof’ types, but not everybody has yet one of those, and let’s face it, why would we want to buy them when it’s so much easier to take care of our trusted old and battered gadget that still works great. Here are some tips that help you take care of your piece when it comes to bad weather conditions.

When it’s too cold outside and you need to take the camera with you, you need to carry it in a metal case that is tightly sealed, preferably in a hermetically sealed box. You can use gaffer tape to seal against snow and cold as low as -10C. Try to avoid exposing the gadget to various temperature changes and keep it at a relative constant temp if possible.

On the other hand it might be too hot outside particularly in desert areas which reach up to +50C at times. This is also very bad for any piece especially if left under direct sunlight. If it has many plastic parts, the piece will become a cool door-stopper in no time. You need to keep it in a silver colored box that has the advantage of reflecting the sun away from it. If you wrap it in chamois leather during the night, it should maintain its cool level much easier during the day.

The level of dust has also been increasing during the last few years, making many cameras practically unusable within minutes. Particularly exposed to this problem are the SLR cameras if you need to change the prime lenses on a regular basis. It’s very easy for the dust to get inside in a heartbeat and it is almost impossible to remove afterwards. Try to keep the piece in a sealed bag when there is heavy dust going around and try to not use it at the time.

What about humidity? Many countries experience high levels of it through most months of the year, particularly in tropical areas as in the Mediterranean islands in Europe for example. You need to seal it off in a plastic bag to avoid insect to take residence in it due to the high level of humidity, as they clearly like it. Having fungus or insects such as spiders in the camera is not fun.

While advanced photographers know most of these tips, photography for beginners can have many traps that newcomers to this art are not aware of.

Getting Into the World of Photography

Photography is an art that many people are into. These days, where prominent brands of digital cameras are offering myriads of notable features, more and more people are encouraged to go into photography. Aside from being fulfilled to see the beautiful shots for your own glory, photography also offers a lucrative source of income, especially to those who have an established portfolio.

Just like how any renowned photographer started, an aspiring professional camera shooter must first start from square one. Start with the basics of photography, and slowly, you will notice the improvement in your shooting skills.

To have an idea on what type of pictures you’d like to take, take time to scour some glossy magazines, as they usually have great pictures of specific subjects. The internet is also a major resource for great photos, you have the whole world to see in the worldwide web. If you now have an idea on what subject to focus on, or what photography style you’d like to imitate, you’ll somehow have a good direction as to what genre you’d like to focus on.

First of all, invest on a good digital camera. As a beginner, you don’t have to have the fancy and complicated one. Start with something that you’re comfortable with, something that’s easy to operate, something that will make you achieve your initial desired shots. The cost of the camera is a relative factor. Regardless of the cost, it is important that you are able to take advantage of all its features with ease.

A tripod is also a good tool to have whether for taking personal shots or taking complicated shots in line with your professional pursuits. Oftentimes, a steady click will give better results as compared to shots taken by a shaky hand.

Knowing your camera is like knowing a friend. The camera manufacturers these days are all in competition just to be able to claim that they have the best features, and the users are always at the winning end by being empowered by these camera attributes. Now, it’s the task of the users to maximize the ability of their cameras. It is important for you to know your camera settings. Read the manual for guidance. The manual will help you get acquainted with the settings of your camera, and in turn, will help you get great shots. The key is to practice and to experiment.

In photography, “trial and error” is inevitable. The good thing about digital cameras is that you’re not wasting film. You can always delete an ugly shot, then you can go experiment again. It would be best to always bring your camera with you wherever you go. The world offers a multitude of beautiful subjects. From the small ants to humungous buildings, great subjects are literally just around you. Being keen with your surroundings will ignite the creative juice in you, leading you to take shots of a subject in different angles applying diverse camera settings, which also leads you to learn “the good and the bad” from each shot. This way, you are practicing and experimenting, the fun way.

Getting wisdom from the pros is also not a bad idea. Like what they say. Experience is the best teacher, and there’s no better way to learn fast than by taking wisdom from the experienced photography experts themselves. If you can’t afford a photography class, you can always read photography books which are widely available. It’s really beneficial to learn different techniques in order to come up with pleasing shots. You can also turn to the internet for some quick tips.

Photography is a good area of art. It’s fun, it’s fulfilling, it’s rewarding. Be patient and be serious about learning the rudiments by constantly practicing and experimenting, and you will see great results in no time. Time will come, your awesome photos will deserve the appreciation of other people.

Photography Posing Tips

Posing is one of the most crucial components to a good photograph. Posing can help you to obtain the memorable portrait from your photo. If posing is uncomfortable, it will show in the picture. So you should learn the different posing tips.

Photography posing tips:

1.Don’t use a big smile for every pose. Sometimes try a small smile, to give some variety to your facial expressions.

2.Avoid having your arms hanging flat against your sides. Instead, bend your arms slightly, place your hands on your hips, or try other poses that involve alternate placements of the arms.

3.Practice each pose in front of a mirror until you feel comfortable and have the confidence.

4.Don’t hold your breath during a pose. Stay relaxed and your photos will look as natural.

5.Wear comfort clothes. You feel so good in them and you can make this as casual or glamorous as you wish.

6.Bring changes of clothes, no matter what.

7.Very important element to consider in posing, the pose must appear naturally.

8.Keep your fingers slightly apart and pointed away from the lens. Let your hands fall naturally into position whenever possible.

9.Look away from the camera with a mix of head and eye poses. Looking off to the right or left side, or tiling your neck to either side can help you avoid direct eye contact with the camera.

10.When you look at your final images don’t be critical of yourself. Find positive ways to improve your posing. Discover your strengths and weaknesses and shoot for the stars.

Follow these tips on posing for photography to make your photos impress and avoid some of the common mistakes.

Top 10 to Improve Photography

1 Take Pictures:- Most of us use digital cameras today, and it doesn’t cost anything to take more pictures. Always take lots and lots of pictures, there’s no need to hold back, with digital images, you can always delete unwanted images if they are not to your expectations. Most photographers will tell you that lot of their impressive shots were accidents. So take out your camera and take lot of pictures.

2 Angle your shots:- Always explore your subject before taking a picture by walking around it and looking at it from different sides. Take your time and make your pictures interesting by shooting at different angles. Creating unique angles will give a new perspective to your subject and will make your pictures stand out.

3 Fill the Frame:- Pick a point of interest in your image and focus on it, get close to it and leave out anything that is not adding interest to your picture. This will make your subject stand out. This technique works well with portraits as well, by getting close to your subject you can show great details such as facial expressions, moods, certain marks etc.

4 Attention to Background:- Always pay close attention to the background of your picture. Move your subject or change your angle to avoid a distracting background or to incorporate an interesting one. Avoid having a tree or pole look like its coming out of someone’s head. Avoid having your subject disappear in your background due to lack of contrast. In most cases, you want to have a distinct background and have your subject “pop” in front of it.

5 Rule of thirds:- One of the first things that you would learn in any photography class in rule of thirds. Imagine your viewfinder/ screen to be divided into nine equal parts by two equally-spaced horizontal lines and two equally-spaced vertical lines. While taking a photograph put your subject on intersection of these lines. This technique creates a much more interesting composition as compared to always having your subject in the middle.

6 Frame your photographs:- Look for different ways to frame your subject with the surroundings. Shoot through branches, doors, trees, windows, arches, etc and use them as a frame for your subject. This creates unique and interesting images.

7 See the Light:- Light is a very vital part of photography. If you want to improve your photography learn to see and identify the light. Wherever you go look around you and try to identify the light; its source, its color, etc. Look specifically for shadows and highlights. Having some experience with light would allow you to set your exposure and white balance correctly. Having the correct exposure and white balance can make all the difference in a photo. Use shadows and highlights to your advantage. Beware of accidentally casting your shadow in pictures.

8 Envision the final product:- While taking a picture try to envision how the picture will come out in the end, after the shoot and post processing. For example, if you want your final product to be black and white and you plan to achieve that in post processing, try to imagine that before taking the shot.

9 Post Processing:- Some people like it others hate it. Nonetheless, post processing is an important part of digital photography. If you are interested in getting most out of your photography you should make yourself familiar with some of the basic post processing techniques. Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop are two very common softwares that are used by many photographers for post processing.

10 Tell a Story/Pick a Theme:-Tell a story through your pictures. What makes a photographer great is its ability to effectively convey a message through its pictures. If someone is looking at your pictures of a particular shoot he/she should be able to grasp what you are saying through your pictures. For example, if someone is looking at your wedding shoot he/she should be able to see how wedding progressed and how people interacted with each other and the location. Viewer should be able to spot important people and events.Bonus Tip: Photography is a beautiful art. Art is not bound by any rules and regulation, it flows freely from an artist to its creation. There are no strict rules of photography there are only guidelines to help artists learn. Therefore, break all the rules if you have to and just have fun with photography.