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Basic Technical Tips

For these digital photography tips you will need a DSLR camera, because it allows your to manage the settings yourself manually. Managing the camera settings yourself allows you to determent the amount of light and focus, which helps you to create more unique and individual images. Since all of these settings deal with light, it can be challenging to find the right balance between all of them. To avoid getting an image that is too dark or too light, it is important for you to understand each setting, so here is a simple explanation of each one.

Aperture
The aperture setting determines how wide your lens is open. This influences the depth of field and amount of light in your image. The smaller the number, the wider your lens is open. At a small setting (2.4 for example) your lens lets in more light and the depth of field is very short. The bigger the aperture number (16 for example), the more closed your lens is and the less light is let in. This gives a greater depth of field.

Shutter speed
One of the best digital photography tips is the correct use of shutter speed for the right situations. The shutter speed indicates how long your lens will be open for, measured in fractions of a section. 1/20 for example means that your lens will be open for one 20th of a second. The faster the shutter speed, the more success you’ll have in freezing motion, but also less light you will come through your lens. Shutter speed values over 1/60th of a second will freeze motion. Anything below will have blurred motion as a result, and you will need to use a tripod in order to get a focused image because of the shaking of your hands.

ISO
The ISO setting is the last of the three main settings that influence the amount of light on your photograph. It determines the light sensitivity of your sensor. The higher the number the greater the sensitivity, the greater the sensitivity the more grain in your image.

Basic Compositional Tips

Being Aware
Open your eyes and become sensitive to world around you. As a photographer you are dependent on what you see. Because every moment is the chance for the next great shot.

Your Subject
Decide on a subject that you really want to focus on. Create a statement by choosing something that interests you and show it in a way that speaks to you personally.

Focus
To create a powerful image, cut down to the aspects that actually matter to portray your subject. Visual ballast weakens your image, but the right crop strengthens and supports your statement.

The Right Light
Lighting is one, if not the, secret in photography, because it determines the atmosphere of your image. The two most important types of light are harsh light and defused light. Harsh light such as sunlight at noon creates strong shadow and an intense atmosphere. Defused light creates a soft and even feeling and doesn’t create a lot, if any, shadows.

Point Of View
Your point of view can change everything about your photograph. It determines what you show of the scene, and from which angle you show your subject. To find the right point of view go around your subject. Lie on the floor, step on a chair, do what ever give you a unique perspective. Soon you will realize that there are endless choices for your point of view, but a basic rule is that if you look from below, the subject will appear big, and when you look from above the subject will appear small.

Composition
After mastering the steps from above there is one more question left: Where do you place your subject? Photographers and artist in general use The rule of thirds to answer this question. The rule of thirds divides your picture in nine equal parts by dividing it three times from left to right and from bottom to top. Generally you want to place your image around the center, since a central position creates a static feeling.

Last Advice
Don’t be afraid of taking too many pictures. Take pictures until you feel like you got the best shot possible! It usually takes time to find the perfect composition, and your subject deserves this time. Once you found something that interest you, treat it like a treasure and give it your attention. Moving on too fast can be a loss of wonderful opportunities. Taking your time though helps you to practice the rules from above, until they become natural to you, and your will become more sensitive to them.

So here is our list of digital photography tips and basic techniques to help you get going with your trick photography!