If you are just getting started in photography but you have no idea where to start, or perhaps you have been clicking with your camera for a while but wish to hone your skills, the following tips will help you.
- Know your camera – prior to start learning about photography, you should first get familiar to your camera, so that you can look for relevant camera settings. If your main camera is a DSLR, you should go through all the DSLR basics; learn about the different terminology and their functions. Whatever camera you have, nothing is more important than to adequately familiarize yourself with the full potential and functionality of the device. Learn everything you can about how to operate and utilize the best modes at exactly the right times. Experiment with the available options on your Speedlite, image stabilizer, etc.
- Use wide-angle lenses for environmental portraits – while these are great for capturing environmental portraits when you want to show a live subject within a particular context, they may not be the best option when taking close-ups as they distort facial features and create unflattering pictures.
A better option for portraits is either a short telephoto lens or a regular lens. The focal lengths of a classic portrait for a full-frame camera are 50 millimeter, 85 millimeter prime lenses with a 70-20 millimeter zoom.
- Keep taking photos – The best way to learn to see creatively is to photograph more. The reason being the more pictures you take and the more time you spend improving your photography, the more you will begin to see things you normally wouldn’t. The eyes of a true artist or photographer visualize patterns, shapes, color and light when strolling down an ally or across a street. Treat everything as a potential picture whenever you are out with your camera.