Of the different types of art and expression in this world, photography requires more training and natural talent than other forms of other. You don’t have to be born with a silver camera in your mouth, but you do need a willingness to learn and the determination to persevere until you find what works best for you.
Use a tripod for maximum camera stability. For random shots of your kids or buildings, a bit of camera shake isn’t a big deal, but for once-in-a-lifetime shots that really matter, a bit of camera shake can ruin a perfect memory. If a tripod is not available, try setting the camera on a flat surface.
Keep your camera settings simple. It is best to tackle settings one at a time: master light or focus, then learn how to control shutter speed. This method will let you focus on taking the picture rather than wasting time messing with your camera, which will cause your subject to leave.
Don’t be afraid of taking pictures. If you use the wrong settings, it’s okay. Go ahead and take the picture anyway. If you want to photograph a person or pet, go up and ask if it’s okay; create a release form to sign if it makes you more comfortable. Just go do it!
If you are having difficulty holding your camera straight, purchase a tripod. A tripod will go a long way in helping to keep your camera in place, so you can focus on other variables other than balance. Tripods work great if you are in the wilderness or on an uneven terrain.
Your arms should be near your body when holding the camera, and make sure your hands are on the sides and bottom. Much clearer photos will result, as the hand shaking will be minimized. Supporting the camera from underneath, as opposed to holding the top, will also make it much harder for you to drop your camera.
Keep your photo subject simple. The busier the subject is the more difficult it is to capture something that is going to be interesting. Keeping the backgrounds simple will make it easier for the eye to focus on the subject that you are capturing. Keeping it uncomplicated seems simple, but many forget to do it.
Understand and get to know your camera. Although this sounds simple, many people have never even read the instructions on how to operate their camera. Get to know and understand the various menus and functions of every button on it so that when you need to use a certain function, you know where to find it and that the camera can accomplish it.
You should find a good combination of ISO, shutter speed, and aperture. Those three things affect your picture’s exposure. Overexposure or underexposure are usually considered to be negatives, unless you are going for a very particular feel to the image. Try experimenting with these features, and see how they interact together and what combinations you like.
Many people have begun photography as a hobby only to turn it into a career. There’s more to photography than just pointing and clicking. Photography is about highlighting the natural beauty present in life and immortalizing it in a portrait.