Have you just bought your camera? But feeling depressed after taking lots of terrible photos? Don't worry, you're on the right platform. World Photographers Club provides a lot of courses and will guide you in the journey to become an expert from a novice. Before enrolling into them, just go through the top 5 tips shared by experts.
Here are the top 5 photography tips for the beginners
1. Know how to hold your camera first:
If you are not using a tripod, preventing a camera shake is difficult as a beginner. To get rid of unnecessary movement, you need to learn how to hold the camera properly first. As a beginner, it's always advisable for you to hold the camera with both your hands. Hold the right side of the camera with your right hand and set your left hand below the lens. Always remember to keep the camera nearer to your body. Otherwise, it would be tough for you to keep the camera still.
2. Learn about the settings well:
For a beginner, operating the settings seems the most difficult part of learning photography. But it's a must to know. Aperture or shutter speed or and ISO are the three main settings that you need to know first. This is known as the exposure triangle and you can read more about it in our previous article The Exposure Triangle. Generally, starters tend to set the auto mode to ensure good shots. But you must try out different modes other than auto to learn how they work. You will surely click a lot of bad photos in this learning process, but that will pay off. But for focus settings, you should rely on autofocus mainly, except when you're working in dark or the autofocus mode is not functioning. Autofocus modes are best for capturing photos of moving objects too. Always use continuous-servo autofocus or AI Servo for this purpose. To capture photos of single-servo autofocus or One-Shot AF for stationary subjects. Another useful tip that a beginner who wants to edit the photos should know, is to shoot in RAW. Though JPEG photos look better, they are a bit difficult to edit. You can also click shots in RAW+JPEG, and keep the RAW files for later use if you don't want to edit now.
3. Lighting is very important:
All beginners stumble to grasp lighting techniques. When the lighting is good, your chances of taking good pictures increase to a great extent. To begin with, learn what is considered good lighting in photography. There is an exclusive definition of it, rather it's the combination of many factors. The intensity of light between the background and the subject should be well balanced. Always choose soft light for photography. Otherwise, you will end up getting photos with shadow marks on them. If you are shooting indoors, move the lighting, and if you are shooting outdoors, move the subject to ensure this doesn't happen. While shooting outdoors, wait patiently to get enough light, if it's cloudy. Otherwise, the photos will be discolored. You can use a flash too.
4. Editing is also necessary:
As you learn to click good photos, you must also learn to make them better. And for this purpose, you should know the basics of editing. But keep it in mind not to over-edit any photo. Don't forget to save a copy of the original one as well. If you're not using editing software that stores your edited file in a separate file, keeping the original one intact, click the Save As command to preserve them
5. Get some inspiration:-
You should always keep in touch with renowned photographers as much as possible. Going through their works and analyzing them will provide you ways for improving your own work. Follow them on social media, mail them, build a network, ask them for advice and feedback. It applies to fellow photographers too. Be active in online photography forums. You can get some great inspiration from their work as well. They may also share tips and techniques with you.
There is one additional tip for you- after you follow these steps and become more confident, start entering photography contests. It is wrong to think that only after being an expert photographer, you can enter contests. Some level of proficiency is of course required, but the more you enter contests, the better you learn photography. Remember that you will never cease learning photography. But the more you practice, the closer you will get to perfection.
Written By Sanga Basu, Content Writer, WPC