The feeling of nostalgia when you accidentally chance upon your old photographs is priceless. Those sepia tones remind you of beautiful memories, thanks to the photographer. With time, technology has led to improvements in the art of taking photographs, capturing the best of moments. Photographs have the ability to freeze time. It would be great to learn the knacks of photography. Here is a guide to photography, on how you can go about it-
We all resonate with photographs but what if you want to become a pro? Photography is not difficult, but it does demand patience and perseverance. It is like any other form of art, say painting, the only difference being that the latter is recreating the scene on canvas. Prepare yourself in advance to take up the art. You can approach it in the following way:
Learn about the basic working of a camera. Check your requirement and prioritise your budget, then buy the suitable one. There are some key elements to keep in mind before selecting a camera. Exposure is crucial in controlling the camera. Aperture, shutter speed, and ISO are the key elements in creating exposure. Let us look at them one by one.
The aperture of a camera shares a mechanism similar to the pupil of our eye: the narrower the pupil, the less light is allowed, and vice versa. Aperture is inversely proportional to f/number, where f stands for the focal length of the camera. It is better to memorise the scale.
Decide on how much light are you going to allow into the camera. The key is to keep a fraction of a second to steer clear of motion blur. However, different situations require different shutter speeds. For example, for sports photography, you would need fast speeds(1/400), and for night photography you would need a really slow shutter speed (40 seconds).
ISO is short for International Standards Organization – the main governing body that standardises sensitivity ratings for camera sensors. Altering ISO helps in regulating a camera’s sensitivity to light. An increase in ISO results in a grainy image.
Once you learn using these three, practice using them together.
Do not jump for a DSLR right away! Prioritise your requirements and buy a camera that is in your budget. You need not start with an expensive camera. Practice with your smartphone camera initially. Once you get the hang of it, opt for an entry-level digital SLR. Frankly, it’s the lens that you should check in a camera. SLR uses a traditional film, whereas DSLR is digital and practical.
Types of cameras that you can opt for:
If you’re picking a DSLR, you’re also going to want to know what lenses you should invest in: 3 Lenses for a Beginners Camera Kit.
Using a camera without a kit might not yield you satisfactory results. Though it is not mandatory, it is advisable to invest in these accessories as well:
These accessories will help you understand your camera and improve your work. Also, when you are dealing with your camera, you will learn things fast. You will progress with every frame.
Check your state rules for photography and plan where and what to shoot. Checking the regulations beforehand can save you from committing accidental crimes. The rules for the public and private bodies are always different and hence require permission from different governing bodies.
One should refrain from common practices like image theft and photo plagiarism. These practices not only create negative benchmark but induce a sense of distrust in others. Practising one’s rights responsibly will earn you respect and goodwill in the long run. Copyright your images to prevent being cheated.
Privacy is important to everyone and using someone’s work by manipulating them or without giving them due credit can land you in serious trouble.
Hurrying into learning anything is work half done. Take your time in learning the skill. You’ve got the camera, now it’s time to practice regularly and explore your creativity.
Now that you have the guide to photography, click away , and follow your passion to the fullest. Make sure to read 7 Tips on Capturing the Right Picture!