15 Essential tips to Better Digital Photography
(Written 2007) – There’s a boom about to…well, BOOM! In fact, it has already been booming for some time now. As digital photography gathers momentum, technology bounds on and prices lower, more and more people are taking up photography a little more seriously than before.
Maybe digital photography is popular because the staff at the local lab don’t need to see your efforts while learning anymore. Maybe it’s because you can shoot a gazillion photos at no extra cost. (Please note: a gazillion is quite a lot and you would need a memory card the size of a bus – therefore it is not a word…yet)!
Whatever the reason for its popularity, digital photography, in my opinion, hasn’t even started yet. With the popularity of consumer DSLR’s such as the Nikon D90, D5100, D7000…, the Canon EOS Digital Rebel TLi or the 50D, 60D, 5D Mark II…all starting to fall to an affordable level, sales will inevitably increase rapidly.
The boom is expected to continue as companies like Canon and Nikon prepare to do further battle for your hard-earned cash.
With this 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.
There are many websites springing up giving advice on digital photography, but some have not a single photograph on them.
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, take things slowly but surely and eventually take better digital photography.
There is absolutely no reason why anybody cannot make a living at photography, but 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, by simply holding the camera.
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.
- Holding the SLR
- Keep both eyes open
- Follow the subject
- Compose yourself and the image
- See the light
- Changing of the lens
- Try a filter
- Play with the ISO settings
- Play with Depth of field
- Play with shutter speeds
- See in black and white
- Use a tripod
- Keep ’em peeled
- Points of view
- Break the rules
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