Photography is a powerful art form, as it allows us to capture memories in-the-moment and keep them forever. If you’re a beginner, we know that there is an overwhelming amount of information on how to get started with photography. We’ve put together a few key points that will help you master the basics and be well on your way to taking gorgeous photos that you can encapsulate forever with our durable metal prints.
Invest in a good camera and lens
If you're serious about improving your photography skills, it's important to have the right equipment. While you don’t need to break the bank to find the right gear, do your research to ensure that you are making a quality purchase. Investing in a good camera and lens will allow you to take higher-quality images and give you more control over the creative process. You may also want to invest in some tools to complement your camera itself, such as a tripod, editing software, or protective case.
Get Familiar With Your Camera
While all devices won’t be created equal, there are a few basic functions to understand on any camera before you start shooting. A few of these key settings are aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Aperture is the opening in a lens that light passes through to enter the camera. Adjusting this setting will affect the depth of field in your photos. Shutter speed controls the rate at which the lens is exposed to light, and can be manipulated to catch movement or create a motion blur. ISO is your camera’s sensitivity to light. Changing this setting will make your images brighter or darker.
Experiment with different exposures
Exposure refers to the amount of light that reaches the camera's sensor when you take a photo. By experimenting with different exposures, you can create many effects in your photos. For example, underexposing a photo will result in a darker image, while overexposing a photo will result in a brighter image. You’re also able to adjust exposure in most photo editing apps, so you’ll be able to play with this to find the perfect balance in your photos. Exposure can completely change the overall vibe of your image!
Use the rule of thirds
The rule of thirds is a basic principle of photography that suggests that an image can be divided into nine equal parts by two equally-spaced horizontal lines and two equally-spaced vertical lines. According to the rule of thirds, it is more visually appealing to place your subject in the right or left third of your frame to create a compelling and dynamic shot.
Practice, practice, practice
It makes perfect! There’s no one proper way to take a photo, so don’t be afraid to let loose with it! Experiment with different techniques to find your personal style. As you learn from your mistakes and successes, you'll improve your skills and grow as a photographer in no time.
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