Learn Basic Photography
Edited by Nerissa Avisado, Lynn, Eng, Monica Leslie
If you think taking good photos is just a matter of pointing and shooting a camera, then you need to understand that the camera cannot be smarter than the photographer. Whether you're shooting with film, digital camera, or an iPhone, it's important to learn basic photography to know how you can capture beautiful images. Finding out how doesn't require a bagful of expensive equipment, and learning the finicky tricks will show that you're more clever than the box with a lens.
Now that you're interested in photography, but don't know where to start, you'll be gratified to know that it's as easy as purchasing any of those advanced and affordable cameras flooding the market today. It may sound simple - and modern cameras can make the life of photo enthusiasts less complex than it was 20 years ago - you can be on your way to becoming a well-sought photographer, whether in the business or just for family gatherings. Still, regardless how far photography has advanced, there are basic elements that have remained pretty much the same since its inception. Here's the essential information you need to learn to record masterful pictures.
Types of Cameras
- Single Use Cameras.
- Compact Lens-Shutter Cameras.
- Bridge Cameras.
- Twin Lens Reflex.
- Single Lens Reflex.
- Digital Single Lens Reflex.
The Difference between Automatic and Manual
Whatever type of camera you prefer to use, they generally have both manual and automatic settings that you need to learn about how they function.
- Automatic Settings. They will take care of most of the job for you. The settings will be mechanically set on their own to sense the right amount of light and compute the distance between you and the object. This function reduces your guesswork in making all the adjustments necessary, but do not expect an accurate image as sharp as what you can capture manually.
- Manual Mode. You set everything yourself before taking a photograph. The camera gives the information whether or not you're over- or under-exposed by looking at the little meter. However, before you can adjust to the right setting, there are basic elements you need to learn when setting the camera on manual mode.
An Introduction to Photography
The word "photography" is derived from the Greek word phos, which means light, and graphê, which means drawing. When combined, "drawing with light" becomes the art, science and practice of creating an image by recording light. Photography is essentially all about seeing and balancing light. Without light, there's no photography, and obviously no picture.
How much light is reflected on the final image, whether on film or digitally, is the amount of exposure it gets when recorded. By means of an analogy, exposure can be better understood as what the eyes can or can't see in a pitch black room. The eyes are not actually seeing objects directly, but they are looking at the light being reflected and bounced off the objects. Without light, the eyes cannot see anything, and too much light can make it difficult for the eyes to focus. The same thing happens in photography. In the absence of light, the image is too dark or underexposed; too much light can create overly bright or overexposed image.
The Essential Camera Functions that Determine Exposure
- 2Shutter Speed.Advertisement
- 3ISO (International Organization for Standardization).
These are mainly the important camera functions you need to remember by heart. Knowing them allows you to enjoy the benefits and to smarten from the drawbacks of combining these functions as you deem for any lighted situation.
Ways to Learn Basic Photography
- 9Post the pictures you've taken using the techniques learned from various sources.Advertisement
Tips and Tricks
- Don't buy expensive and complicated photography equipment if you're just starting. After learning the basics you'll know what kind of camera is best for your needs.
- Use a tripod to support the camera steadily and to snap a professional-looking photo. While it's not always possible to lug a tripod around, make sure to find a stable surface for the camera so you can avoid taking shaky pictures.
- If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.
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Recent edits by: Eng, Lynn, Nerissa Avisado