I want to share with you some of the best photography tips for newbies and tricks that I got to help you improve your photography skills.
Every start can be tough, there is so much to learn and you can easily become so overwhelmed that you want to quit. I know I got to that point a few times in my newbie days and I still have a lot to learn.
Terminology – the base of photography tips for newbies
Let’s start with some basic terminology, to make it easier later.
DSLR – Digital single-lense reflex camera; it combines digital imaging sensor with optics and mechanics of single-lense reflex camera which makes possible for you to see real-time the exact scene you want to capture.
SHUTTER SPEED – duration of time in which light is allowed through your lense – how fast your shutters opens and closes.
APERTURE/FSTOP (same thing) – how much shutter opens to let the light in.
DOF (DEPT OF FIELD) – amount of foreground or background that is in the focus with the subject.
EXPOSURE – the combination of intensity and duration of light that gets through the lens.
ISO – the speed in which the sensor reacts to light.
WHITE BALANCE – process of adjusting colors so that the image looks more natural.
Now that we have terminology sorted out, it is time fo some photography tips for newbies.
I’ve stumbled upon so many blogs and tips saying that you need expensive cameras and lenses in order to shoot amazing photography. The truth is, you don’t. You need lots of skills in order to make great photos with a less expensive camera and lens that comes with it. It doesn’t matter whether you have Nikon or Canon or Sony, what matters is that you know how to utilize everything the camera has to offer.
Many photographers recommend buying a used camera and learn on it. One of the most recommended websites is bhphotovideo.com
The Rule of Thirds
One of the most important tips you will hear and read is: use the rule of thirds. It means that you should divide your camera frame into 9 squares in total (3 down and 3 across) and position your subject in relation to those lines. For maximum impact try to position subject at spots where the dividing lines intersect.
If you are not sure how to do that, you can always fix that when post-processing your photo. Most of the editing apps have the grid feature to make cropping and positioning easier.
The next important tip is to play with your camera shooting modes. Learn how to use it in every mode. The easiest one is, of course, auto mode because all the settings are taken care of by camera and all you have to do is click. There is nothing wrong with auto mode, I use it often when I need a quick photo.
I must admit that I am still struggling with manual mode, but they say once you lean it you won’t go back to auto mode. I started my shoot on manual journey with this free youtube course.
Another necessary thing to get a hold of is lighting. You can use natural light or you can use artificial lighting. The important thing is to learn how to take advantage of it and elevate your photography. The position of the light, as well as the quality of the light source, are crucial for good photography.
Your main goal is to use light in such a manner to add depth to your photography and make it pleasing to the eye.
Try to change positions when shooting. The best is to have a subject at the eye-level. When that’s not the case, change your position and find the most flattering one.
You can change elevation or your angle. Sometimes changing your distance can make a huge impact. You can even try the combination of all three. The key is to move around, capture your shot from every position, compare and choose the best one.
Shutter speed cheatsheet
Some extra photography tips for newbies
- read your camera’s manual;
- make a shoot list;
- scout locations where you want to shoot;
- take photos every day;
- take your time;
- clean your lens;
Related post: If you wish to take a photography course, I made a list of some good free ones, you can check it out here.Follow