You know, photography is all about technique.
That fancy digital SLR with all its bells and whistles will do you no good if you don’t understand what goes into a good photograph.
To help you get started in photography techniques, here’s a list of digital photography tips and tricks I’ve written in this blog.
- How to Take Better Night Photos
- How to Organize Your Digital Photos
- 5 Tips For Photographing Urban Landscapes
- 5 Basic Digital Camera Terms You Need to Know
Digital photography is a field full of jargon. It’s very difficult to understand the lingo – shutter speed, aperture, f-stops, bokeh, ISO, marco, telephoto, depth-of-field and so forth.
To me, it’s useful to think of photography techniques in three “layers”:
Basics – what are the “core topics” behind photography? You must understand this in order to grow your knowledge. I classify things like shutter speed, aperture, ISO and basic camera handling in this category.
Intermediate – when start to understand how various elements interplay to create a good photo – you’ve reached an intermediate level of photography know-how. I’ll give you some examples:
- If the shutter speed is slow, you need a tripod to reduce blur
- If the aperture is large, you get a shallow depth-of-field.
- If ISO is high, you can take better low light photos but introduce more noise in the process.
Understand concepts like the ones above demonstrate that you’ve reached a certain level of maturity in your photography techniques.
Advanced – and to reach an advanced level of knowledge, you start to understand how you can “go beyond” conventional photography:
- e.g. explore special effects, e.g. HDR, bokeh, long exposure photos.
- Having that special “eye” for photography – taking pictures so powerful they inspire a feeling of wonder and awe in you.
Take it all one step at a time. Slowly, your skills will build up and you’ll begin to appreciate the finer points of photography which may have eluded you before.