5 Basic Skills Every Photographer Should Have

With the waning of film photography they don’t make photographers like they used to. The convenience of capturing a shot with a digital gizmo has made every Tom, Dick, and Harry a photographer. But the chances are once in a million that the digital mode of freezing shots will see the emergence of a Henri Cartier Bresson, Andy Warhol or Annie Leibovitz. Nevertheless, you can still use a digital camera to make life’s precious moments appear as realistic and natural as they did with your eyes. Just bear the following fundamentals in mind the next time you prepare to shoot with your camera.

Study the camera

You happily keep on pressing the shutter release button safe in the belief that the advanced features of the camera will fine-tune the imperfections and everything will turn out picture perfect. But you’ve seen the results are not always as perfect as you had expected. You’ll feel more confident about taking realistic shots the next time when you’re aware of how your equipment is working behind the scenes. Learn everything that there is to know about aperture changes, shutter speed, autofocus, white balance, focusing, stabilization modes, and exposure compensation control and much more.

Master chiaroscuro effects

You know that you’ll never be able to control light like Apollo did but then you don’t need to. You just need to master the subtleties of shooting in broad daylight, dusk, dawn or in pitch darkness. You’ll need to practice taking snaps both out of doors and indoors in all light conditions. Additionally, pick up the nitty gritty of using external flash.

Get the perspective right

Perspective is how your subject or subjects in the snapshot appear in contrast to the background. How you frame the perspective before pressing the button will decide how the final snap appears. You’ll need to keep changing your position to get the perfect perspective and perfection will come with practice.

Enlighten yourself on basics

Learning the basics mean knowing more about exposure, composition, focal planes, and depth of field. Read the literature that is supplied with the camera.

Post-processing matters

Post-processing plays a significant role in making your pictures look more lifelike. Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom can help you adjust contrast, sharpness, brightness, and saturation.    

 

 

 

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