Alright now, so you have taken a few shots on your new digital camera, and took some time to adjust this and those settings, capture different kinds of scenery, people, and objects. Then asking you, what else is there to digital photography.
That is why right now we are going down to the basics of digital photography. It’s always good to remind ourselves every time to go back to the basics, and see what have been missed and what do we lack.
Photography is always about light, how to capture that light, and how to use it with your image. And in photography, the way the camera does this is with its aperture and its shutter speed.
Finding how to set these two basic settings in a camera will help us do what is necessary. We do not have to own sophisticated equipment’s and buy the latest camera accessory our money can buy, because in basic digital photography, these two settings is what we should concentrate in learning.
There is a lot of jargons and terms in photography, especially when you are just beginning with digital photography, and due to the limitless technology, this terms are always increasing. We do not need to be confused by all this.
First and foremost is the Aperture, it is mainly found in the lens; it closes and opens to permit the entry of the light to the camera through the lens. Shutter speed is the amount of time it the aperture opens, so that it can give the camera a nice exposure of your subject.
Nowadays a basic camera always has automatic settings. Which means you can capture an image almost instantly in a snapshot. And sometimes you may find auto settings that deals with the current situations that you like, may it be landscape, portrait, night shoots, macro, among many others. To achieve better control and understanding on how the aperture and shutter speed can work for you, try setting your camera to the manual mode.
Let us say you wanted to capture a child playing at the playground. In order for you to capture his fast moving phase, set the camera with a wide open aperture and a faster shutter speed.
This will allow enough amount of light to enter the camera and capture that particular situation faster, without allowing too much light entering the lens. As you see, photography is always about light, this is essential in basic photography, controlling the light.
In everything that we do, we must always practice in order to achieve what we like to achieve. This is important, before becoming a professional photographer; nothing beats the concept of always practicing, one of the most important basis in basic photography. While capturing images, make sure to adjust your aperture and shutter speed, depending on situations. Take a few shots and pick settings
that suits your needs very well.
As you learn and practice, you might want to learn more about the lens other settings, the flash that you will be using. It is also important to always learn as learning is a never ending process. Do not get frustrated by your images that never really works, always practice, take shots in different situations, and take note of the settings that worked for you.
That is the learning process that we need to go through. Go back to the basics, run through it a couple of times and improve. It is in this way that you can build your confidence and become a better photographer. Do this with fun, this craft is not easy but its not hard as well, learning is part of the fun part.