I’ve read several how to photography books that helped me immensely in understanding the hobby and many of the tips and tricks contain on this blog. If you would like to read more about the wonder of photography here are two of my favorite authors, Bryan Peterson and Michael Freeman. Bryan Peterson’s books are a great way to get started in photography and Michael Freeman’s writing style is very entertaining. Both are a great investment in photographic knowledge
A prime lens has only one focal length. Since a prime lens’ has less glass elements there is less light degradation which aids in the sharpness and contrast of your works of art. One of my favorite lens’ is my 50mm focal length with a 1.4 aperture. My flower photos are tack sharp when taken with this lens.
“Life is like photography. You need the negatives to develop.”
– Alfred Stieglitz
Aperture is the size of your lens’ opening that allows light to pass through your lens to your camera’s sensor. A bit of confusion in regards to aperture is the smaller your lens’ number , say 1.4, the larger your lens’ opening….got it? A larger opening will also allow for faster shutter speeds since more light passes through the lens. Another advantage of a larger aperture is an increased depth of field. Purchasing a lens with the largest aperture you can afford will add to the possibilities of your photography.
“It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.”
– Alfred Stieglitz
An 18-28mm lens is considered a wide angle lens. This type of lens is used for landscape photographer when you find the need to capture a large area within a single frame. But as with any lens you can use a wide angle lens for whatever you chose to photograph creatively.
In other tips we gave details of both Key and Fill lighting. Now let’s throw a third light, or three light photography, into the mix…..Back Lighting. Back lighting is used to separate your subject from the background. Illuminating your background directly will separate you subject from it. You could even add a rim or hair light to your subject by illuminating them from behind. Both methods will add depth and an added dimension to your beautiful image
“Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.”
– Dorothea Lange
Use of textures in photography creates a three-dimensional image even if viewed as a print or on your computer screen. Your photography will need sharp features and various textures to seem three-dimensional and leap at the viewer.
Another method of directing your viewer’s attention to your photo’s main subject would be to frame your subject within the photo’s frame, a frame within a frame photography. You could position your subject within a doorway or window. An overhead tree branch could also frame your subject. These are just a few examples of framing.…
“Perhaps the most important skill in photography is learning which images to show.”
– Leslie Dean Brown
To create special effects with shutter speeds is a fun and rewarding photography technique. For slowing down subjects use a slow (1”) shutter speed together with your tripod and you will marvel at a waterfall that looks like cotton candy. Want to stop a subject in the midair? You only need to use a faster shutter speed (1/500 or higher) and you will have created a lovely photo with a child in midair while jumping rope. The procedure is very simple but don’t be discouraged if your first attempts are not perfect….practice, practice, and practice some more.
For Depth of Field Photography practice shooting with different apertures (F-stop) to learn how depth of field affects your photo. A smaller depth of field (lower F-stop number) puts the focus on your subject (like the stamen of a flower) and blurs the background. A larger depth of field (higher F-stop) will make everything in your viewfinder appear in focus, from the largest to the smallest element. Landscape photography is a prime example. Try several aperture settings until you find the perfect focus.
If you can, always carry your camera with you. You never know when a photographic opportunity will arise. And the more picture-taking practice the better your work will become. Or you can scout locations and then can go back with your camera and tripod in hand to take your digital image masterpieces.If you can, always carry your camera with you. You never know when a photographic opportunity will arise. And the more picture-taking practice the better your work will become. Or you can scout locations and then can go back with your camera and tripod in hand to take your digital image masterpieces.
We always seem to take photos horizontally but a vertical shot could enhance your photo. Take both vertical and horizontal shots and keep the better shot. You never know what you’ll find on the other side.