For someone who has newly acquired a camera and is snapping away at everything in sight, photography must seem to be a field that simply involves pointing your camera at something you like and pressing a button. There is, however, a lot more that goes into actually earning you the title of a good photographer and clicking photographs that are both aesthetically pleasing and properly aligned.
Here we have listed out tips for budding photographers that will help you better explore the field of photography.
1: THE CAMERA DOESN’T MATTER:
Many young photographers who have just entered the field believe they need to own the most expensive equipment possible to click the best pictures. This is NOT true. Yes, owning a good quality camera does, of course, add to the kind of picture you capture, but not as much as you’d think. A skilled photographer can find a way to click a good picture even with an inexpensive point and shoot, while a new photographer might not get much out of even the most expensive equipment. More than the camera you own, good photos depend on your understanding of lighting, exposure, angles etc.
2: UNDERSTAND THE EXPOSURE TRIANGLE:
Photography is all about learning to capture and manipulate light and to do this you need to understand the exposure triangle, which includes 3 factors, ISO, Aperture and Shutter speed.
-ISO: ISO controls a camera’s sensitivity to light such that a low ISO setting will mean the camera will be less sensitive to light and vice versa. An ISO setting of 100-200 is ideal when shooting outdoors, while a higher ISO of 400-800 is preferred when shooting in low lit situations.
-Aperture: Aperture is the opening of your lens and controls how much light enters. A wider aperture lets in more light, whereas a narrower aperture restricts the amount of light that enters. Aperture size affects your depth of field which can further affect, for example, the background blur.
-Shutter speed: The shutter speed controls how long your shutter stays open when you take a picture. The longer your shutter remains open, the more light gets through to your camera’s sensor.
3: KEEP YOUR CAMERA WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES:
The biggest requirement that goes into becoming a good photographer is to have your camera with you at all times. Photo ops can come when you least expect it. This will help you experiment with everything around you, even at the most unexpected times. This also ensures that you practise more and like every art, photography also goes by the saying, practice makes perfect.
4: UNDERSTAND THE RULE OF THIRDS:
Good composition is at the heart of any great photograph and one of the easiest and best theories as to how to compose a photo is the rule of thirds, which involves mentally dividing a picture into thirds using two horizontal and two vertical lines and then placing elements of greater visual appeal at any of the four intersections.
5: EXPERIMENT WITH THE PERSPECTIVE:
A good way to capture the perfect picture is to experiment with your perspective. Change your quintessential angles; change your elevation and your distances. In short, don’t just go for the age-old method of only capturing the world from a straight on eye level, because this is both boring and overused.
Once you perfect these five main tips, there are many, many more that can contribute towards making you a good photographer. Making use of the golden hours, shooting in RAW and understanding symmetry and aesthetics are just some among the hundreds.