If you’re passionate about photography and you want to learn more about the subject, I have to tell you that this is one of the best past times you can have chosen for yourself. But undoubtedly is also one of the toughest ones as it’s really vast and there is so much you can learn. Plus with all the many digital cameras on the market today, it can be really a daunting task getting the right one which will bring your knowledge levels to new heights.
Remember these skills are hard learned but once you learn them you have them for life. Doing a proper photography course will allow you to take fantastic portraits, landscape, night shots and maybe even do a fashion shoot! There are many facets of photography like – Black & white portraits, landscape & fine art photos, Bora Bora photos, fashion & products shoot, night photography – a proper course will teach you all.
If you can change your camera’s settings, you should know about ISO speeds. They control how much light your camera or film needs to take an image. Low numbers like 100 work in bright daylight, while higher numbers like 400 are for cloudy days or possibly indoors. The lower the ISO number, the more detail your photos will have, so set it at the lowest number you can.
This sounds obvious but not checking battery life and having your camera die on you at the crucial point is a common problem. Charge your batteries, take a spare and avoid kicking yourself for such a simple mistake.
Taking landscape images in a far-off land can be tricky. The light conditions may be very different from what you are used to. Exposure may also be very tricky to calculate. If you are in doubt, bracket your shots to ensure that you will get the perfect image.
~ Get to know your camera. Sit down with that manual, and spend some time getting to know all the features on your camera. Practice turning the flash on and off, changing the ISO, switching from one program function to another. Go through the settings – do you want the date on all your photos? Flash or red eye option? Set up your camera for everyday photo taking, then change settings for the situation. I keep mine on program, medium high resolution, ISO 400. That way it is ready at a moment’s notice, I know what my defaults are, and can switch quickly if necessary. Being able to do this almost without thinking will really come in handy – especially when you capture that unexpected, once in a lifetime moment.
If you are inclined, you can find many online courses that teach you how to take great pictures even if you’are very new at it all. You don’t even have to pay for them, they’re free on the internet, all you need to do is make a search at your favorite search engine. And the most important aspect is take photos any time you can. Don’t be afraid to experiment, you can’t go wrong. Worse case all you need to do is delete the picture. Go out and take the shots. Go to your balcony or veranda and shoot pictures one after another. Learn the ins and outs of your camera and before you know it, you will have people come to you asking you to take a photo of them as you take such great ones. This is when you know you have crossed the line from a newbie to a pro in this art form.