Digital photography basics

Digital photography basics

There are things that you can do on your own without much education. Most people think that one of those things is digital photography. But the truth is, there is more to digital photography than clicking the button or adjusting the flash. It goes beyond saying Cheese!! at the end of every shot so that your models will also be smiling. In fact, some of the best photographs in the world had subjects that are not smiling at all. Some of them are not even looking at the camera when the shot was taken.

There are many things that you need to know when you want to dabble into digital photography. First are the basics and then when you know them already, how to break every rule and still produce the same quality photos that photography enthusiasts and hobbyists will salivate over.

One of the few basics that every novice photographer needs to know is the rule of thirds. The rule of thirds state that your main subject or the focal point of your photo should always be placed off center, at different points that occur when you divide the photo into three, horizontally and vertically.

To see where these points are, get first a photo and then divide it by three horizontally and vertically in equal parts. Put a line across each division and see where the lines meet. Those points are the areas where you should be placing your subject or focal point when taking photographs. Placing the subject off center will make the photo more interesting.

Another basic that every photographer wannabe should know is the techniques in photography that can make the subject more interesting. One is contrast. Whether you do it by color or size, contrasts allows the eyes to be surprised and therefore making your photo that much interesting. Placing a red with a yellow will capture your interest as a viewer. The same goes with placing a white object against a black background. You can also for instance put a small subject against a large landscape or maybe a tall person with a short person. Contrast work wonders.

Another technique is leading. A photo that makes use of shapes and objects that lead or point to your subject will make it more interesting. For instance, when taking pictures of a bicycling boy, you can put him by the winding road so that the eyes will follow the winding road and lead the eye to the subject.

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