Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Basics of Photography

If you are a sports fan, you know what it means when a team goes into "rebuilding year". It is only when the owner or manager decides the time to train new recruits and correct bad habits in others. And always, what leadership team said that when they went to time as it is that they will "get back to basics."

Sometimes it's good for us as a photographer to get back to basics. And, of course, if you are just starting out in the world of photography and want to learn the "ropes", the basics of starting experience. But you want the basics of what the professionals know about the craft of photography.

Anyone can take a picture. I attended a wedding reception where the wedding party left the digital disposable cameras on each table at the reception for guests to take photos. Before the night was over, it was the children who were running around taking pictures of everything from dirty dishes to their own clothes. This is not a photographer, and while the pictures will no doubt get a few chuckles, this is not the kind of professional image people want for their long-term memories.

Obviously, the foundation basics of photography is the camera. When you see a camera geek walk with sufficient equipment in the neck to launch the space shuttle, you get the impression that the complex phenomenal camera, more than the average person can understand. But look at the professionals and you see them working with the portable, relatively easy to operate the camera. That's because the basics of running a camera down into the aperture and shutter speed.

Now do not be nervous about luxury. Aperture is a term for how wide you open the camera lens to let in the light. And shutter speed how long you let the light come to affect the image. To get an injection of fast-moving events, you want a wide aperture to let more light but shorter shutter speed so you catch the show quickly and close the window so that the images captured before the more painful light quality.

Photography is really all about the light. You can and will get to learn a lot about lenses and flash photography and other ways to turn control over the lighting of your shots. So add your core skills of photography willingness to never stop learning. The better and more advanced you get your ability to work with the equipment, the more you will learn and the more you will want to learn.

You can gain greater control over the camera's basic controls such as aperture and shutter speed by learning how to switch from automatic to manual adjustment settings. Automatic setting any camera only to the general public who are not interested in learning the basics. So they give some basic settings such as landscape, portrait and sports settings. By switching to the manual, you can learn what settings work best in different situations.

And that brings us to the most important fundamentals of becoming a great photographer and it is a practice. Spend time with your equipment and play with it. Bring to the situation and take photos with the aperture and shutter speed settings differ, in outdoor and indoor settings and different orientations to light. Do not be upset when some images do not work. It's part of the learning curve.

By learning by doing, you will build your confidence in your work and eventually become a great photographer. But do not be arrogant, there's always more to learn. And it is one of the nice things about photography, is not it?

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