I have bought a digital camera, now what ?
Where to begin ? – If you are asking yourself this question, and have not yet gone out to take your new digital camera for a spin, you might want to check our this article for some beginner’s book recommendations.
Define yourself and your photographs – When you are just beginning in digital photography, it pays dividends to specialize. Learn everything to know about shooting one particular type of subject, and then choose another. This article will help you identify your preferred subject and make you aware of the approach you take when shooting photos.
5 Essential camera accessories – Everyone can take good photos. However, if you want your photos to stand above the rest, you will need some additional gear. These five essential accessories will help you make better photos.
Concepts every photographer should know
Aperture – Learn about aperture. What is aperture and how does it impact my photos ? How can i use aperture to separate my main subject from the background ? Which leads us to…
Depth of Field (DOF) – What is depth of field and how to control it ? What are the key factors that impact depth of field ? Which types of photos benefit from shallow dof and which one from large dof ? Also check out our list of handy tools for calculating depth of field.
Shutter Priority – Shutter priority mode is one of the most undervalued modes in beginners photography with no good reason. Learn its secrets, and how to creatively use it to capture amazing action shots or abstract night trails.
ISO (Sensitivity) – Learn how to fine tune ISO setting on your digital camera to best suit your types of photos. Do you really have to raise ISO in low light conditions ? How can adjusting sensitivity help you obtain that vintage look when shooting black/white photos.
Lens focal length explained – If you have just bought your first DSLR, and are looking to better understand about different types of lenses, such as wide angle lens, telephoto lens, prime lens and zoom lens look no further. This article will also help you illustrate how would a sample photo look at various focal lengths.
White Balance – Learn about white balance and color temperatures. Why is it that camera sees images a little different than human eye ? How can you make better photos by taking direct control over your white balance setting on your digital camera. How can you use WB creatively to achieve a desired effect (e.g. warm sunset) ?
Then check our:
20 photography tips to taking tack sharp images – Take really sharp photos, using the same photography techniques pros use and be sure to visit our beginning photography tips section, updated on a weekly basis, for tips on how to further improve your photos.
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Photography beginners will mostly benefit from these books:
1. 123 of Digital Imaging – Simple, powerful, and rich with content. Huge amount of information, well organized and suited to all levels of photography. Delivered as a software. Check our review for more information.
2. Scott Kelby’s Digital Photography Boxed set – Three books one author. Photography techniques simplified to the bone. Although aimed towards beginners, these books are a must have in any photographer’s library.
3. The moment it Clicks – by Joe Mc Nally – Excellent book, portrays what goes on in photographer’s mind when taking a photo.
If you prefer online resources…
Top 10 Photography Blogs – Top 10 Blogs about Photography. Each and every one packed with useful content and great tips.
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