Get acquainted with the basic fundamentals of photography with the help of these 5 essential guides
If you're just starting out on your photography journey and you haven't had much experience with a camera beforehand, it can be a daunting task to know where to start when learning the basics.
"It can be tempting to work solely in auto mode, but if you push yourself to learn a little more, you'll have much more creative freedom when it comes to taking pictures."
It can be tempting to work solely in auto mode, but if you push yourself to learn a little more about manual mode and how your camera works, you'll have much more creative freedom when taking pictures. The best place to begin is with learning the fundamentals of photography - namely learning the different elements that make up a picture, and how to control these to get the best settings for your shot. Another good place to start is to get acquainted with composition - namely knowing the basics of what makes an aesthetically pleasing image. Once you've got a hang of this, you can use your knowledge as a springboard for further experimentation.
Below are links to 5 in-depth articles on these essential areas of photography education.
1 Understanding the exposure triangle
The 'exposure triangle' makes up the blueprint of every photo taken and once you have an understanding of how it works, can help you dramatically improve your photos.
2 A beginner's guide to shutter speed
Shutter speed is one of the most important elements of every image you'll ever take. With our guide, you’ll learn how it works, why it is so important and how to manipulate it to improve your images.
3 A beginner's guide to depth of field
Depth of field is one of the most powerful tools that you have in your photography arsenal. So, it is important to understand what it is and how you can use it in your photography.
4 What is ISO? A beginner's guide
If you're getting started in your photography journey, you're sure to come across the term ISO. Knowing what this means and how ISO works will help you to create much better images.
5 beginner tips for improving your compositions
5 simple composition techniques that, with a little practice, won’t leave you feeling overwhelmed and will improve your confidence with the camera.
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- AuthorPhilip Mowbray
Philip is the Editor of Focus.View all articles