The Basics of Digital Photography

Photography used to be expensive and time consuming.  Cameras were expensive and then you had to buy film, then you had to take the time to develop the pictures, you had to wait to see if your pictures turned out.  Then along came digital cameras and the world of photography changed drastically.  Initially the first digital cameras didn’t compare to what film was producing that has all changed.  If you don’t know how the new cameras work, let’s go over the basics of digital photography.

Start with the Lighting

The most important part of photography is lighting.  How your photos turn out is going to depend on the lighting that you use.  Learning how to use and manipulate light is what will set you apart as a photographer.  There are other factors that will affect picture quality like aperture and shutter speed but in the end it all comes down to light.  Here is how you can work with light.

White Balance

Lighting is complicated, it is not just the available light but the type of light.  There is a drastic difference between natural light like sunlight and the light you can get from bulbs.  Your digital camera will come with a white balance setting and that is there to balance the color and it compensates for the light you are shooting in.  You can set it to automatic and the camera will adjust based on the available light, but you can play with settings for different effects.

ISO

Adjusting the ISO of your digital camera can help you when you are shooting in low light situations, despite the lack of light you can still manage to grab a good image.  The higher you adjust your ISO the brighter your picture will be.  When you increase the ISO you are magnifying the amount of light that hits the chip.

Practice, Practice, Practice

Like any other hobby or profession practice is the key to succeeding and the same holds true for digital photography.  Practice playing with the settings on your camera, adjust them for the amount of light.  Play around with the shutter speed to get different effects.  With a digital camera you can even play around with images after they were shot, programs like Photoshop allow you to create different effects with your images.  Digital photography is a great hobby to get into and the price of digital cameras today makes it affordable and easy to use.

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