A Definitive Guide to Digital Photography
Many options are coming available that can guide digital photography into the hands of the weekend photographer. Gone are the days of adjusting and readjusting the lens to catch that perfect light or that clear shot, and then finding out later that something wasn’t set right. Technology has not yet taken away completely the knowledge that one must Many options are coming available that can guide digital photography into the hands of the weekend photographer. Gone are the days of adjusting and readjusting the lens to catch that perfect light or that clear shot, and then finding out later that something wasn’t set right. Technology has not yet taken away completely the knowledge that one must have to be a great photographer, but it has made it a lot easier for the novice.
If you need a little help in capturing that perfect image, first, you have to lock in on your subject. Be aware of your surroundings, but be sure you are looking at your subject when that great moment happens. You are dealing with capturing seconds of time, and if your shot is too far away, you may lose it forever. Close shots are more effective, because you may capture emotion and details in your photograph, which might otherwise have been lost.
Secondly, your background should not compete with your subject. It can be colorful, but it should be non-descript in nature. Use subtle colors or bold colors, but nothing that would clash with the subject of your photograph. Nature itself is the best background of all. Natural greenery found in gardens, fields or forests add to the beauty of any subject.
Thirdly, watch your lighting. If you are outside, your lighting will be constantly changing. You need to be aware of the shadows that the light may be casting on your subject. Bad lighting can ruin a picture although not enough lighting can be just as bad. Use flash indoors and outdoors. The flash is essential indoors, but also when you use it outdoors it helps cast out any shadows caused by the sun, especially if you’re shooting up close and personal. Be aware of the range of your flash. This will come by practicing.
Fourthly, if you need to take pictures from far away, anticipate the moves of your subject. Be aware of what may happen next so you can capture that one swift moment that makes your image memorable. If you need to zoom, zoom in from the middle keeping the focus on what’s happening around your subject. Shoot vertical shots to add variety.
Remember, a digital camera is just a tool. It can enhance the job of the digital photographer, but it cannot replace the artistic quality that you must have in order to do a good job. You have to be able to envision in a sense what you want the end result to be, and if your subject is a person, you must be able to capture that one perfect moment when your subject says “cheese” and their teeth are showing, their eyes are open and their smile is radiant!
So take pictures! The more you take the better you’ll get. Practice makes perfect, and with digital photography you can take picture after picture at very little cost. Take pictures of different subjects. Take live shots of people and animals. Take still shots of plants and flowers. Go to special events and take action shots of the things that are going on around you.
Try new things with your camera. Your subject doesn’t always have to be in the center of the shot, either. Some interesting shots are of events that are going on around the people you are shooting. Or close up shots of flowers with an insect flying about. Zoom in on some things and get a wide shot of other things. The possibilities of great photographs are endless. And the more you develop your talent the more your talent will develop.