Latest Articles in the Category Beginner Tips:
How And When to Break the Rules
Almost every photographer’s artistic development goes like this: first they take a camera and photograph everything without being aware that there are any rules, and so they break them with a clean conscience (and unconsciously). Then they dive into studying photography, start applying and following its rules, and finally reach the point where they once again start breaking them—but this time knowledgeably, and on purpose.
Three Photo Mistakes We Make Over the Holidays (And How to Avoid Them)
1. We keep the lights off. The holidays are a time for candles, gently lit shrubbery and the warm glow of the fireplace. All great for ambiance — all terribly difficult for photography. Unless you’re very comfortable navigating your camera settings, the holidays present us with some very tough shooting environments. The first and easiest…
Taking Macro Photos with a Compact
Even though professionals do macro photography using DSLRs and often high-priced lenses, you can try basic macro photography with any old compact. You just have to switch it to macro mode.
4 Tips for Achieving Low Depth of Field
Used wisely, low depth of field makes your pictures more interesting, more intelligible, and easier to “read”. So—how do you get that pleasantly unsharp background in a photo? The following text will help you achieve that. Depth of focus depends on these factors: the choice of aperture and depth of focus, the distance to the…
9 Tips for Getting Creative with Exposure Time
With a smart choice of exposure time and camera settings, you can give photos a bit more of yourself, and make your pictures flavorful and exceptional. Gone are the days when photos had to be perfectly sharp.
5 Great Ways to Ruin Your Photos
Beginners’ mistakes are free. (Well, psychologically at least.) But you should still learn from them—even more than from your successes. And sometimes you can learn about them before they happen. So let’s take a look at photographers’ most common mistakes.
5 Tips for Low-light Photography
Photography is literally painting with light, and so no photo can come from a scene where there’s no light at all. And even low-light sites have a problem: poor exposure. What can we do to get good pictures out of bad light?
Four tips for complete beginners
I have always wanted to “do photography.” But I just didn’t have enough time for it among all my other hobbies, and so learning to take photographs always stayed just an item on my wishlist. (Of course I’m choosing not to count vacation and party pictures from my compact as photographs here!) It was not…