Photography 101: Everything You Need To Know

Photography can be intimidating to people who have not done it before. With so many different elements to master, amateur photographers often get caught up in the process. Follow these guidelines on how to organize your resources, and apply them to creating memorable images.

Digital techniques can give your photographs a unique and interesting appearance. While there are several imaging software available, Adobe Photoshop is by far the most popular one to use. You will be able to instantly convert the photo into artistic portraits with the simple click of the filter button and choosing the medium that you prefer.

When shooting pictures on an overcast day, avoid capturing the sky in the image. If you have too much gray sky in your photo it will make it look muted. If you really want or need a shot in overcast conditions, try a black and white picture to maximize contrast and improve the overall picture. If the sky outside is a beautiful blue, include it in your photos but watch the light.

Give your the white balance feature on your camera a try. Indoor lighting will often be tainted with yellow tints from bulbs and flourescent fixtures. Instead of trying to play with the light in your space, adjust the feature called white balance instead. The professionalism should be much more apparent in your photos by using this technique.

Blur your background when taking portraits of live subjects. If your background isn't blurred, it may draw the viewer's eye to the background and away from the subject. You can accomplish this by having your background further away from your subject.

Take photos of your travel souvenirs when you're on a trip. You might take a shot of the store, or photograph the item in its original setting. You will always remember where the souvenirs you bought came from and you will have great stories to tell when showing them.

Get close to the subject of your photograph. A subject too far in the distance loses too much detail for the shot to be very good. Get closer and make it easy to see what you are taking a photo of.

It is important to combine your ISO, aperture, and correct shutter speed. The picture exposure is dictate by these three items. You do not want to have an overexposed or underexposed photograph if you can avoid it, unless this is what you were originally looking for. Do a little experimenting and you will soon understand the relationship between these three features.

Anybody can become a decent photographer, it just takes practice. The trick is practice, and constantly looking to gain experience and knowledge. Feel free to experiment; there is no need to develop or keep all of the photos you take, especially if you use a digital camera. Compare your pictures with what you did the week before and you will see a progress.

In order to take proper indoor photos under fluorescent light, you should tweak your white balance settings. Fluorescent lighting tends toward the green and blue end of the spectrum, so photographing subjects under these conditions can make them appear cooler than intended if you don't manually fix the red saturation on your camera.

To help a wedding album convey the personal atmosphere, take some close-ups of small items belonging to the bride or groom, or details of decorations. You can take these photos before the ceremony begins as a warming up exercise. You might also snap some amazing shots in the process.

Do you need to take shots of some subjects that have been rained upon? You can create that type of effect yourself by lightly misting the thing that you are going to photograph.

It is important that you take the time to read your camera manual, and become familiar with your camera before you begin using it. Manuals are often a long read and thick with information. Most people put them back in the box or toss them without ever looking at them. Instead of throwing them out, use time to read its contents. You can take better photographs because of the mistakes you'll avoid by reading your manual.

These tips should give you some useful information to help you organize your thoughts on photography. Keeping these tips in mind when you start taking photos can help you one day become a very successful photographer.