Better Digital Photography
15 Essential Tips for Better Digital Photography
"There’s a boom about to…well, BOOM" (quote from me in 2007)! In fact, it has already been booming for some time now. Digital photography has truly gathered momentum.
Technology has come on in leaps and bounds and as prices have got lower in many respects. More and more people are now taking up photography a little more seriously than before. Here is our short guide to better digital photography.
Maybe digital photography became popular because the staff at the local lab didn’t need to see your efforts while learning anymore. Maybe it’s because you could shoot a gazillion photos at no extra cost. Please note: a gazillion is quite a lot and you would need a huge memory card.
Whatever the reason for its popularity, digital photography, in my opinion, is still on the rise. The popularity of consumer DSLR’s such as the Nikon D90 or the remarkable Canon EOS 5D Mark II began in the mid to late "noughties". They started a new trend of photography using prosumer grade cameras at affordable prices.
The boom is expected to continue as companies like Sony, Panasonic and Fuji and prepare to do further battle for your hard-earned cash. Canon and Nikon started to lose traction in the DSLR market as they failed to fully embrace video into their line-up. It appears in 2018/2019 that they have started to do more to appease the video crowd in the consumer market.
Mirrorless cameras have also gained a LOT of traction in recent years especially in 2018 with the:
Smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 are also fast becoming the amateur photographers choice too. They are now becoming the "grab" camera for most occasions such as:
However, a browse through the photography forums and pages on Facebook suggests that the sales of professional and prosumer grade DSLR's and mirrorless cameras in still increasing. With this continuing boom of “professional style” camera ownership there comes a problem too.
It is all too easy to think that just because you have an all singing, all dancing DSLR, you are then a photographer who can maybe cope with a wedding or two. In the early days of the web and digital photography, many websites sprung up giving advice on digital photography, but some had not a single photograph on them! That's change now of course.
Who is this for?
There is a lot more to photography than the equipment and there is a lot more to starting a photography business than that. These tips on better digital photography are aimed at the beginner, newbie or starter that wants to learn with a step by step approach. To take things slowly but surely and eventually take better digital photography.
There is absolutely no reason why anybody cannot make a living at photography. However, it takes time, dedication and determination (and a camera or two)! As a well known Nun once sang…”start at the very beginning!” That is where we shall start for all you beginners out there, by simply holding the camera.
15 Part Free Course
Note: Each page leads to the next “Better Digital Photography” tip, so there is no need to keep back-pedaling to here. Use the links at the bottom of each page.
- 1Holding the SLR
- 2Keep both eyes open
- 3Follow the subject
- 4Compose yourself and the image
- 5See the light
- 6Changing of the lens
- 7Try a filter
- 8Play with the ISO settings
- 9Play with Depth of field
- 10Play with shutter speeds
- 11See in black and white
- 12Use a tripod
- 13Keep ’em peeled
- 14Points of view
- 15Break the rules
Once you have completed this mini-course, be sure to check out our super awesome members section where you have a totally huge abundance of extended training including DSLR tips, wedding photography, stock photography, starting a business and more…