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Photography Tips for Beginners

Over the years, the number of digital photographers has increased significantly. People are taking thousands of photos and are sharing them across social networks. If your photographs are not as classy as the rest, you may end up blaming your device. However, the entire blame shouldn’t fall on the camera. Small changes in the way you take photographs can help you capture stunning images.

#1 Composition

According to the experts, composition is the heart of all photos. The position of objects in the frame plays a critical role. The “Rule of thirds” will help you get the composition right. The rule suggests photographers to break the frame into 9 equally sized squares. The subject of your photo should be in the lines and the entire image should fall within the nine squares. This will result in a dramatic and  interesting shot.

#2 Exposure

If you are shooting in manual mode, you should be careful with exposure. By definition, the exposure defines how dark or light your photo is. In the automatic mode, the camera will decide the exposure for you. However, you have to adjust exposure in manual mode. If the ambiance is very dark, you must increase exposure. Likewise, decrease exposure in bright areas.

#3 Mode

Sophisticated digital cameras come with many modes. To get your shot right, you must pick the right mode. If you are shooting a fast moving object, you must switch to Shutter Priority. This will increase the number of frames per second (speed). If you want more light to seep into your camera, you must be in Aperture Priority Mode. If it is a DSLR, you are likely to switch between S and A modes. On the other hand, you can pick modes like landscape, sports or low-light in point & shoot devices.

#4 Flash

A lot of photographs are ruined by the use of too much flash. If objects in the photograph look ghostly, you might be too close to them. The flash has to be activated, only when you are far away from the objects. To create balanced photographs, you should fine-tune the power of your flash. If required, add a flash diffuser to spread light.

#5 White balance

Newer digital cameras are designed to set white balance automatically. However, if your device doesn’t set white balance, you must do it based on the type of light. Different shades blend differently with light casts. For example, fluorescent shades are more toward green, tungsten is more yellow and sunlight falls in the blue range. If you get white balance wrong, you can correct it using software programs. However, it is always wise to set white balance and take natural photos.

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