If you are just starting out in photography or you just want to learn a little more, check out these great amateur photography tips for beginners. You’ll find some great tips for getting better photos whether you use a DSLR or your camera phone. The basic concepts are the same either way.
Learning about proper composition is the key to improving your photography. If your composition is off, then your photo will just be another haphazard snapshot. Practice composing your shots in various ways and take several. Also, view photos from other photographers and note why the photo evokes the emotion from you that it does. Then study the composition to note how the subject is positioned in the frame, other objects and how are they arranged, etc.
Many times when you are shooting a photo, you have to work with what you have. You may have to decide whether to expose for the subject’s highlights or the shadow areas. Sometimes it’s just not possible to get a good exposure of both in-camera. But there is a way. By using photo editing software such as Adobe Photoshop, you can shoot two photos and expose for the shadows in one and the highlights in another, then combine them in the software. The result is a photo with both properly exposed.
Speaking of Adobe Photoshop, although the learning curve is steep, you can do some amazing things for your photos within this program. A few simple adjustments can take your photos to the next level. And for only $10 a month, it is well worth the investment if you are serious about improving your photos.
Practice and experiment. Learn your camera controls and make it a goal to get out of automatic mode and learn about aperture, shutter speed, and ISO settings. Manual mode is where you can really have fun with your photography. Don’t stress about it. Learn one thing and a time and practice with it until you feel comfortable, then move on to the next thing. It takes practice and you may throw away a lot of images at first, but as you get better you’ll see a marked improvement in your skills.
Don’t load yourself down with gear when you travel. Try to find a good wide-angle zoom lens that can be used for all purposes, and maybe add a good prime lens for other shots. Too much equipment can weigh you down and ruin your fun. I have an APS-C Canon camera that uses a 28-250 zoom lens for travel. When I’m in a new place and I want to travel light, that is my go-to walking around kit. I’ll always carry a spare battery and memory card in a pocket, too, just in case.
When traveling, be sure and do some research prior to the trip. Make a list of the things you want to photograph and carry it with you. When you get to the place you want to photograph, try to come up with a different angle or composition than everyone else. Sometimes walking a few feet, or crouching down, can give you a whole other perspective.
Whether shooting landmarks or landscapes, be aware of the background and the foreground. Try to incorporate interesting elements into your photos. Keep distracting elements out when at all possible. When shooting photos of people, look around the frame. We’ve all seen photos posted of someone who has a tree or sign growing out of their head. Don’t be that photographer!
If you use these amateur photography tips, your photos will improve and you’ll be able to post and share some amazing photos with your family and friends. You’ll have memories to last you a lifetime.
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