We live in the world of photographs. Social media these days are more about sharing experiences and feelings through photographs. Almost all of us carry cameras of one sort or another with us everyday. We try to capture everything that fancies us. But, yet too often, the photos that we snap, pleases us with the “thing” that we visualized before clicking. It’s like, oh dear!! I think I missed the moment!! The color didn’t come out right!! The details are missing!!! Our photos rarely matches the polished photos that we usually see everywhere, like in magazines, billboards or online.
So, what is that the pro-photographers do to get results like that?? Of course, they know the in and out of the process. They know how it works. But, believe me, you can learn it too; it’s not as hard as you think. All you need to do is learn the skills and tricks, and then practice, practice and only practice. I am already on my way for it and here are few essential photography skills from my learnings that I wish to share,
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MASTER THE MANUAL MODE
Take create control over your camera!!! As I already said in my earlier post, don’t let the camera control you. You control the amount of light that enters your camera; you decide the vibrancy of the colors you need for your photos; yourself identify the subject you want the focus on and the others that needs to be out of focus. But, all these won’t happen overnight!! You need a lot of patience to learn and don’t forget to keep practicing on whatever you learn.
So, what do you think is one of the main difference between the photos you randomly snap and the photos you’d hang on your wall? It’s the composition; as detailed in one of my fave photography book Take Your Best Shot (Popular Photography): Essential Tips & Tricks for Shooting Amazing Photos, Composition is the careful arrangement of items in the frame. So, learn how to fill your frame with your subject and other elements that adds amazing balance to your picture. Understand and apply the rule of thirds. Try reading the book I’ve mentioned above, details about composition are very well explained there.
USE THE WHITE BALANCE
All light has color – this is a fact you won’t deny, right?? So, check your camera white balance settings and adjust it based on the surroundings or lights. Yes, of course, you can set it on “Auto” for your camera to identify and adjust it automatically for you, but, if you set it yourself you have an array of options to choose from. Each option adjusts an image to balance color for the type of light it’s named. It helps you to create effects for your images as the way you wish them to be, such as, daylight, cloudy, shade, flash, fluorescent, tungsten and overcast.
LEARN THE KEY EXPOSURE FACTORS
The three factors – Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO. This is actually a huge chapter and requires a lot of understanding to play with it, but it’s not rocket science; you can nail it with lots of practice.
Aperture – The hole that lets light into your camera. It is measured in f-stops. The higher the number the smaller the opening. Besides controlling the light, the aperture also affects the depth of field; means, the higher the number the more distinct, sharp and clear picture without blurring. A smaller aperture means very deep focus that leads to little soft images.
Shutter Speed – This corresponds to the amount of time the shutter stays open for the light to reach the sensor for each exposure. It works hand in hand with aperture, means, depending on the aperture and ISO, you can choose the right fraction of seconds for enough light to stream in.
ISO – This measures the sensitivity of your camera. The brighter the light, the lower the ISO you need. Higher ISOs creates digital noise which shows up as discolored dots in your photos. To keep the ISO down, you can adjust the aperture and the shutter speed down accordingly.
EDIT WITH SOFTWARE
Okay, now that you’ve shot your desired photo, perfect it with a photo editing software. Play around in the digital darkroom. Sharpen it, crop it or adjust the contrast, color or clarity to achieve the effect you want.
Important note – Before shooting, don’t forget to set your camera to capture RAW files rather than JPEGs to troubleshoot exposure, color, white balance issues using a photo-editing software. After all, the hard work you did to capture those photos shouldn’t go waste, right??
So, are you a shutterbug too? Do you love taking photographs?