This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine. I have been a camera bug for as long as I can remember. I get it from my mom, who almost always had a camera hanging around her neck. My family makes fun of me because I have so many pictures! I have them hanging all over the wall, have them in photo albums and in photo boxes. Oh, and that does not count everything I have saved digitally! As a photographer, I feel like I am always learning something new. If you are new to photography or are a seasoned vet, I bet there is at least one of these photography tips for beginners you can learn from!
Photography Tips For Beginners
Equipment: Before you take your first picture, you need to know your equipment. Get out the manual and get familiar with the settings. If it has an image stabilizer, enable it. Most digital cameras can be shot in auto and manual. For beginners, I suggest you shoot in automatic mode. Be sure to keep your elbows in, feet apart and you are holding the camera steady. If you have a tripod, use it! I suggest you get a camera strap and a camera bag as well. Most cameras use a memory card, so be sure you have one of those too!
Lighting: The best lighting is natural light. When taking photos indoors, fluorescent and halogen lights can make your photos green! Incandescent light bulbs can make your photos yellow. Enable the white balance setting on your camera, which adjusts the lighting on your camera to look more natural. Get familiar with lighting directions like top lighting makes shot shadows and side lighting will illuminate half of your subject and put the other half into shadows. Back lighting will give you a silhouette effect. Play with shadows as they can offer some really cool pictures!
Basic Tips: When taking a photo of a person, get in close. It is a person’s face which projects their beauty, personality and character. That is what you want to capture. The only time this would not apply is if you are trying to get a fashion or group shot.
Think about the composition of the shot. Look through your viewfinder and see if there is anything you do not want in your background. If you are taking a photo of food in your kitchen, the last thing you want to see is the electrical outlet int he background or a pile of dirty dishes in the sink!
If you have a favorite place you take photos, look at it from a different perspective. Take pictures from different angles or at a different time of the day. Don’t be afraid to back up for a nice landscape shot or get up close for a cool macro shot.
Experiment with depth of field. This will make your foreground or background be in focus or blurry, depending on what you focus on. This is one of my favorite tricks!
Play around with action shots. You can take a photo of a car driving by, a child riding heir bike or someone jumping off a ledge.
Afterwards: After you have taken your photos, make sure they are stored on your memory card. Find a simple photo editing program, like Pic Monkey, to edit your photos. You can straighten a pic, edit the lighting, and make cosmetic changes like red eye.
When I think of photography, I think of National Geographic. My grandmother had a subscription and I could not wait for her to hand down the issues once she had read them. I would pour over the photos. Photography is art and the photographers at NatGeo are absolute artists! I reference the NatGeo Photography site quite often to see the photo of the day, read the stories behind the photos and for inspiration. The kids love the NatGeo Kids site. It is filled with games, quizzes, fun and cool information and videos.
I received the Guide To Photography from NatGeo Kids and it is packed full of great photography tips for beginners. The kids and I took the book along with our camera and smartphones to the local nature center. I would read tip and then the kids and I would take a photograph we felt represented the tip. We had so much fun experimenting with different angles, subjects, sports shots and depth of field. The book is easy to follow and is filled with the great photograhy NatGeo is known for. At just $15, it is an affordable gift your family will enjoy for a long time! One of my USA readers will win a copy of Guide To Photography from NatGeo Kids.
What photography tips for beginners would you offer?