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Professional Photography Made Simple!

Submitted by on March 25, 2013 – 11:27 amNo Comment

There is no doubt that it takes a lot of skill and vision to take a truly great photograph. But even the professionals must have started somewhere, right? If you are a keen photographer, but are lacking in the skill department, here are some easy tips that will boost your prowess in no time at all.

Digital Cameras

Everybody has a digital camera these days, even on their phones, and this makes it far easier to take a killer photograph. But sadly, most of those individuals still do not understand the basic principles behind taking a decent picture. It doesn’t matter how million pixels your machine is capable of capturing, the technique has to be correct.

Composition

A good photograph is usually when the different elements of the subject matter are placed correctly in the frame. A clever way to ensure you have these in the right place and context is to divide your frame into nine squares. Check your main subject and try to ensure it exists in each of the nine squares, even if it just breaks the lines slightly. Some newer designed cameras have this as a visible feature, but the principal remains the same.

Exposure

You camera will probably be in automatic mode, this is where it decides on your focus and exposure settings. You are able to adjust the exposure compensation, this is essentially how light or dark you photo will end up being. The auto setting allows the camera to alter the light setting according to the real time light in the lens view. If you feel the finished outcome is still too dark or too light, then you have the option to alter this using the onboard compensation settings.

Mode Selection

Your camera will have many modes on offer, but which is the right one for your special photo? When it comes to action shots, you can choose the shutter priority mode, this will allow for the freeze option to capture the action without blurring the quality. If you are shooting in the evening or early morning then you can utilize the ‘A’ mode to adjust the priority of the aperture setting. This allows extra light to enter the scene and adds definition to the otherwise muddy perspective.

Lighting

Use your common sense when shooting around a strong light source, the sun has ruined many a good photo opportunity. Always have your back to the light source and ensure your subject is not standing with their back to the sun. If there are plenty of shadows that you are keen to eliminate, ensure that your flash is active. If it is a fairly bright day, you may need to turn this on manually as the auto mode will probably disable it.

White Balance

A good quality camera will usually adjust the white balance according to your subject content and shade. It will adjust the color to make the scene look as natural as possible, but sometimes the camera will have difficulty in setting the correct tones though. You can go into the menu and set this option to manual if you are in a rush to take many photos. The quality may suffer as a result, but it depends on your priority for the photo shoot.

Dan Fleming is a professional photographer and also the author of today’s guest post. Photography, he feels has to come from the heart and the skills can be acquired later. Having good camera backpacks is a must, he feels as cameras are very delicate objects.

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