Top 7 Tips for Digital Photography

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Top 7 Tips for Digital Photography

Believe it or not, the breathtaking pictures you see in magazines, newspapers and the internet clicked by professional photographers have a lot of work gone into them. Not every person who owns an expensive camera is a photographer. There are zillions of techniques of simply taking royalty-free photos, from angles to adjustments. So, for all you photographers out there, be it beginners or experts, here are a few tips for you:

  • A steady picture

This may be the first rule of photography – do not shake the camera. We all hate blurry pictures. Thus, learn the tactic of holding the camera no matter how heavy it is – one hand, two hands or a tripod, whatever suits you. Also, match your shutter speed to the lens’ focal length. Usually this is the rule used: 1 / Focal Length (in mm) = Minimum Shutter Speed (in seconds)

 

  • Apply the Rule of Thirds

This is one of the most popular rules. Picture the image cut into 9 equal squares by 2 horizontal and 2 vertical lines. Now, it is often said that focusing the camera on one of the intersecting points of the lines creates an aesthetically composed picture. Other times, targeting the middle square works too.

 

  • Play around with shutter speed

Shutter speed creates some amazing effects so jump it up a notch and experiment. Usually, slow shutter speeds are used in the nights or dimmed lights as they allow more light to enter the camera sensor whilst fast shutter speeds freezes the action completely. For example, if you want to take a picture of perhaps a football game in action, increase the shutter speed to get a perfect shot.

 

  • Use simple backgrounds

Backgrounds may serve as a distraction from what is actually being pictured, so keep them simple and sweet! Think portraits. Ever seen a model’s portfolio with an attractive background? No, it usually consists of plain and neutral colors so that all eyes fall on them.

 

  • Say no to flashy indoors

A layman’s answer to a dimmed environment would be flash. But when it comes to indoors, this is a strict no. Flash can make that picture look totally unnatural. You can try having a higher ISO or a wise aperture, enabling more light to reach your sensor.

 

  • Allow for a sense of depth

This tip can be applied to serene views and dramatic landscapes when you want the view to feel like they are in the picture. You can do this by taking a panoramic shot utilizing wide-angle lens and a small aperture – which also needs a slower shutter speed. Further, add an object in the foreground to make the distance more noticeable.

 

  • The polarizing filter

One of the most brilliant and useful filters is the polarizer, especially for landscape photography. The filter enhances the colors and contrasts, cuts out distracting glares and just produces an awesome image! Wondering how photographers manage to capture the wonderful colors in the sky? That is the polarizing filter doing its magic.

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