Whether you are a beginner who is just get started with photography or someone who has been shooting for a while and simply wants to improve, we have some tips which could help take you to the next level. Digital photography has become a hobby more accessible than ever before thanks to the enormous range of tech and software options which we have, that can aid you creating a professional-looking image.
For those of you who are looking to improve, these are some tips to bear in mind.
If this is just a hobby of yours then there is no need to go crazy with your spending when you look for the right camera. There are many great cameras at good prices which will give you everything that you need. The keys here are finding a camera which is light, compact and with some additional features which will support your shots. For example the recent range of Nikon mirrorless cameras have proven to be a big hit amongst amateur photographers, low cost and very high quality.
The rule of thirds
To follow the rule of thirds you have to think about your image and split it into 9 smaller, even squares. Accomplish this by adding to horizontal lines at equal distance, and two vertical lines. Once you have done this consider where the best place is for the focal point of the image, in some cases the center looks perfect but using the rule of thirds you can improve the composition and perhaps offset the focal point to create that wow factor.
Blurred images don’t look great and they happen because of camera shake, the inability to hold the camera still. If you want to take great shots then this is the first place to start. Be sure that you have the camera held with both hands and that you hold it close to your body for extra support. If possible, use a tripod or a monopod to get the cleanest and most still images possible.
The three key basics for great looking photos are aperture, shutter speed and ISO, and the relationships between the three. In most cases auto mode will look after this for you, but it is still worth learning about. The shutter speed is what is used to capture motion, your ISO is the warmth of the color of the image and aperture is what dictates the focus and clarity of the image. Switch off your auto mode and play around with different options to get the perfect look.
A common mistake which photographers make is using the flash indoors to give a brighter light. The result of this however is a harsh and unnatural appearance which will not do your images any good at all. To remedy poor lighting look instead to increase your ISO and use the widest possible aperture to allow more light to flood into the image.
Simple tips which can help you to improve your photography skills.