Digital Photography Tips that will take Digital Photography to the next level. Let’s check them.
Here are some of the favorite tips that will help us improve our photography.
Using Rule of Thirds
This well-known rule helps you take eye-catching pictures by using one of the most beneficial rules of composition during photography. If we want to take pictures that have a “wow” factor built in them, the Rule of Thirds is the composition secret our requirement to take advantage of!
While using the rule of thirds, imagine four lines, two lyings horizontally across the image and two vertical creating nine even squares. Place the subject off-center at one of the intersecting points of the imaginary lines will often create a more aesthetically composed photograph. Many photos will look even better with the focal point in the center square. Using the rule of thirds, when a photograph is composed, the eyes will wander the frame. A picture produced utilizing the rule of thirds is usually more pleasing to the eye.
Avoiding Camera Shake
Camera shake or blur is a menace that plague any photographer. Let’s check out some of the ways to avoid it. Firstly, we need to learn how to hold our camera correctly. We should use both hands and one around the body and others around the lens. We must keep the digital camera close to our subject to give it support.
Make sure that we are using a shutter speed appropriate for our lens’s focal length for handheld shooting. If our shutter speed is too slow, unintentional movement of any kind to the camera will result in the blurring of our entire photograph. The rule of thumb should not shoot at a shutter speed that is slower than our focal length to minimize the problem:
If we are using a 100mm lens, our shutter speed should be lower than 1/100th of a second.
1 / Focal Length (in mm) = MSS = Minimum Shutter Speed (in sec)
Using a tripod wherever possible
Use Tripod wherever necessary to avoid unnecessary shaking of the camera and to remain hand free.
Essential Camera Techniques
It’s the easiest and quickest way to learn how to take great photos while learning all the basics of your camera.
Learning to use Exposure Triangle
To get digital photos looking at their level best, we need to master the three basics: Shutter Speed, Aperture, and ISO. We also suppose to understand the relationships between the three controls. When we adjust one of them, we would usually have to consider at least one to get the desired effects. Using Auto Mode takes care of controls, but we pay the price of not getting photos to look the way we wanted them. It is a much better idea to learn using Aperture-priority and Shutter-priority modes and ultimately shoot in Manual mode.
Use a Polarizing Filter
If we can only buy one filter for our lens, make it a polarizer. The recommended polarizer is circular as it allows our camera to use TTL (through the lens) metering, like auto exposure. The filter helps to reduce reflections from water, metal, and glass. It helps improve the colors of the sky and foliage and will help give our photos the WOW factor. It will do all that while protecting our lens. There’s no reason why we can’t leave it on for all of our photography.
Creating a Sense of Depth
It helps to create a sense of depth while digital photographing landscapes. It makes the viewer feel, such as they are there. Using a wide-angle lens for a panoramic view and a small aperture of f/16 or lower to keep the foreground and background sharp. Placing an object or person in the front helps give a sense of scale and emphasizes how far away the distance is. If possible, use a tripod as a tiny aperture generally requiring a slower shutter speed.
Using Simple Backgrounds
The best and straightforward approach is generally regular in digital photography. We have to decide what should be in the shot, while also not including anything that may be a distraction. In other words, simple patterns and neutral colors, choose a plain background if possible. We want the eye to be drawn to the focal point of the image rather than an odd building in the background or a patch of color. This is vital in a shot when the model is placed off-center.
Not using Flash Indoors
Flash could look unnatural and harsh, for indoor portraits. Therefore, there are various ways where without resorting to flash, we can take an image indoors. Push the ISO up at first. ISO from 800 to 1600 will make a significant difference for the shutter speed we can choose. Use the widest aperture possible. Lighter will reach the sensor, and we will have an excellent blurred background. Using a tripod or an Image Stabilization I.S. lens is a way to avoid blur. If we absolutely must use flash, then it should be used as a flash with ahead. We can then rotate and point the light to the ceiling on the angle. Must ensure that we get the most flattering light for landscapes, portraits, or anything else we want to capture.
Choose the Right ISO
The ISO setting help in determining how sensitive the camera is to light and how fine the grain of the image.
The ISO to choose depends on the situation
When it’s dark: push the ISO up to a higher number.
On sunny days: choose ISO 100 or the Auto setting.
Pan to Create Motion
If you want to capture an object in motion, always use the panning technique. For this, choose shutter speed approx two steps lower than necessary – so for 1/250, we would choose 1/60. Keep the camera on the object with the finger halfway down on your shutter to lock the focus. Whenever ready, take the photo, remembering to follow them as they move. If possible, use a tripod or monopod to avoid camera shake for clear movement lines.
Experimenting with Shutter Speed
Play with the shutter speed to get some exciting effects. When taking a night time shot, always use a tripod, and try to shoot with shutter speed marked at 4 sec. We will see that the movement of the object is captured along with light trails. If we opt for faster shutter speed, let’s choose for 1/250th of the second; the trails will not be so long or bright. Instead of it, we will freeze the action taken.
Try 1shooting compositions with other moving objects and backgrounds like crowds of people walking, waves on a beach, cars commuting, with different shutter speeds to either capture blurred movement or snapshots that freeze everything sharply in time. The camera must be stabilized to eliminate camera shake whenever you use slow shutter speed to blur the movement.