5 Steps to Taking Perfect Pictures

5 Steps to Taking Perfect Pictures

Photography is a fun hobby, but while some seem to have a natural eye for what makes a good picture you might still be trying to figure the whole thing out.  That’s okay there are techniques that you can learn that will help develop your skill as a photographer.  Here are 5 steps to taking perfect pictures.

  1. Light

Light is everything to photography.  If you want to learn how to take good pictures then you need to learn how to play with and manipulate light.  You can create dramatic shots using shadows.  If landscapes are your thing then you want to get those shots either first thing in the morning or at the end of the day.  Natural light always makes better pictures.  Here is how to use light in your pictures.

  1. The Angle of Your Shots

You can use angles to take really impressive pictures.  Selfies, for example, when you hold the camera away and up from your face you get a better picture than just looking directly at the camera.  While the average person takes photos directly in front of the object try playing with the angle to see if you get a more interesting shot.  You can try shooting from closer to the ground or from above your subject.  Try from an angle that is out of the ordinary.

  1. Composition

One of the most important things that you will need to learn to be a great photographer is how to compose your shots.  You can use composition to convey messages in your photographs, this is what lets the people who see your pictures understand what you are trying to say.  This is where photography becomes art.  Bear in mind when it comes to composition, follow the rule of thirds.  It is not written in stone but use it as the foundation to taking some great pictures.

  1. Framing

This is another tool in your arsenal to take dramatic and eye catching photographs.  You want to use this when you shoot landscapes, make the foreground the “frame” for the shot.  You can use things like the overhanging branches, windows, fences or whatever happens to be nearby.

  1. Timing

When you are taking action shots then timing is critical and something that isn’t easy to master.  You need to capture the image on time the moment it’s happening that tells the story of what you are capturing.

Photography is a skill that you won’t necessarily be good at right off the bat, it is like anything else you can practice to get better.  Don’t get discouraged, you will be taking beautiful pictures in no time.

Digital Photography 101

Digital Photography 101

Before you start on your digital photography journey the first thing that you’re going to need is a good digital camera.  A high end DSLR camera isn’t going to come cheap but you can get a good quality camera at a decent price.  In order to take some incredible pictures you’re going to want to have control over your shutter speeds and aperture settings.  You can do some amazing things with your digital camera once you get the hang of using it, but first you need to know how your camera works.  Let’s get started with digital photography 101.

The Lens

It is the basis of photography. It is the path through which light enters into the camera from the image. It marks the first stage in the processing of the image. Lenses vary from being fixed in a permanent way to ones that can be changed to suit different purposes. Lenses have different focal lengths, apertures, and other details for image acquisition in different situations.

Viewfinder

This is the part where you can see what the lens has focused on and what you will be able to capture at that particular incident. These are mainly screens that come in different sizes with some of the being touch-sensitive; working as both an input panel and the viewfinder.

The Body

This is the part the forms the main volume of the camera.  DSLRs are known to be bigger bodied and a bit heavier. This is the part that determines with how much ease you can carry your camera around.

Shutter Release

This is the button that you press when you have got a focus of what you want to capture. It enables the capture by opening or releasing the shutter. The shutter is the part that keeps the camera from recording all through whenever it is on. The camera shutter speed determines the length of exposure for the image recording.

Aperture

This is a part that controls the amount of light that reaches the image sensor by limiting the diameter of the lens.  The aperture affects the image’s exposure by changing the diameter of the lens opening, which controls the amount of light reaching the image sensor. DSLRs come with a range of aperture that is expressed in f/stops.  The lenses limit the f/stop limits. This is usually stated at the side of each lens. These numbers will be your camera’s lowest available settings when that
lens is in use.

The image Sensor

It converts the optical image that has been captured into an electronic signal. The signal is recorded in form of the captured pictured into your storage.

Memory Card

This is the storage of information about our images.  Different cameras vary on the type of memory card they use. It is good to know whether your camera uses CF or SD type of card.

User Controls

These are mainly front camera parts that permit operation and navigation of the camera options. They mainly vary depending on the camera mode and can easily be changed using directions in the provided manual. DSLR are designed with several controls for both auto and manual operations.