5 photography tips for beginners
Are you just starting out with photography? Here are our top 5 tips to ensure you'll be producing amazing photos in no time.
The Rule of Thirds (Composition)
When you are setting-up taking a photo, you should look to see where you would like your eye to focus on, or where you would like to draw the observer to look. By using the rule of thirds, you can easily make you photos more visually appealing. Look through your camera's viewfinder or camera screen, and imagine it is divided into thirds both horizontally and vertically. Place the main subjects on the intersection points of these three lines - It is a tried and tested method! Once you master the rule of thirds, feel free to break the rules!
One of the most common problems that beginner photographers face is camera shake which can make your images blurry and unfocused. Most digital cameras have some form of image stabilisation, but it can only go so far when shooting in darkness or low light. Usually, images turn out blurry when there is unwanted movement from either the photographer holding the camera or the subject itself. You can compensate for this by using the camera's built-in for some low light situations. An even more effective method is to think about investing in a tripod, which will give you more control in setting up your shot as well and will stop the unwanted shake!
The time of day you take a photo will affect the result dramatically. Very early morning or late afternoon are generally the best times for capturing the most beautiful natural light. Landscape photographers often swear by the principles of early morning light for creating beautiful effects and glowing results. The best way to test this out is to give it a go yourself! Test how your camera reacts to different kinds of light throughout the day and work out what appeals to you most.
Nearly everyone has faced the situation where they have lost their work through deleted memory cards or copying over files. If you’re starting out with photography, it’s important to have a solid backup system to ensure you save all your images. The best way is to create a second copy of your photos or have a separate external hard drive or cloud photo storage when you transfer your photos to your computer.
Love your mistakes
Starting off with photography can seem very daunting. Rather than getting upset when a photo doesn't turn out the way you had hoped, work out where you went wrong and use it as a basis to move forward. Everyone has taken bad shots at some point in their life and often is it a hugely useful learning tool to make yourself a better photographer. Never give up!
If you are interested in learning more about digital photography, enrol in our comprehensive online course!