If you are just starting out with digital photography, you might be overwhelmed by the number of settings and controls available on your camera. But you don’t have to be paralyzed by the choices! After all, only when you learn how to work with these settings will you start taking professional-looking photos. Here are 5 helpful hints that will help you master digital photography, whatever camera you use.
Get Out There And Take Pictures
If you want to master digital photography, you have to actually go out and take pictures. It may seem silly, but if you don’t put your camera in your hands, it will be impossible to gain a mastery of photography.
Take time each day to go out and take pictures – whatever inspires you is fine. Make sure that you get your camera from point A to point B on a regular basis so that it becomes second nature for you to use it. There is no secret trick for mastering photography – practice is key! The more you use your camera, the better photos you will take! Don’t be afraid of using your camera on auto-mode either (at least at first).
Check Your Settings
Depending on your camera model, there’s a chance you could be oversaturating or underexposing your images. Check to make sure that you have it set to take pictures in RAW if possible, then fiddle with some of its settings (like white balance, exposure/ISO) to see how they change your pictures.
Another tip is to try changing up your aperture for different effects; for example, increasing your aperture will cause everything in your shot to look sharper—which is perfect if you’re taking portraits of people and want their skin to look flawless! Most cameras come equipped with a depth-of-field preview button. Pressing it will show you what areas of an image are going to be sharp and which are blurred out.
Look For The Good Light
There is a natural progression to how your photos will look as you learn how to master photography. Look for good light first and foremost—and it doesn’t matter if that light is coming from inside or outside. Natural light gives a photo warmth, depth, and detail.
Good lighting also helps keep down shadows and ugly harsh edges that can be hard to fix in post-processing. When shooting indoors, find some kind of reflector (white foam core works well) and move around until you find yourself facing windows.
Having beautiful natural light behind you will often make a picture better than having it in front of you. If you’re outside looking for good light, look for shade under a tree or under an overhang on a building.
Edit In A Way That Works For You
I’m a firm believer in editing more than once. Generally speaking, it’s good to edit your photos twice (or at least once). The first edit is for light correction, and you might choose to do that right after you take your photo if you have time.
If not, wait until later. That said, I think it’s beneficial to go back and look at them one more time just before posting or printing; what looks good on a phone screen might not look as great on a 24 iMac display (especially if you need to print it). In other words, experiment with editing styles and see what works best for you. If someone else disagrees with how you edited something?
Change Things Up Digital Photography
The best way to learn photography is to look at other photographers’ work. Look for things you like and ask yourself why you liked them. Try to replicate those things and see how it makes your own photos better.
Don’t try to do everything other photographers are doing. Find what works for you, figure out why, and keep doing that! There are no rules in photography—no one is going to stop you from experimenting with your vision. Explore, be adventurous, and have fun! That’s where you’ll find your style.