With the advent
of digital cameras, the cost of photography has plummeted
considerably, with the result that there has been a surge of
interest in the field. Greenhorns in this area however, need not
fret. Sharpening up on your digital photography skills is easy,
provided you have the basics at the tip of your tongues, or is it,
at the tip of your lenses!
Mastering the basics of digital photography, first and foremost
involves knowing all about pixels and resolutions. These are the
parameters that have a direct bearing, and quite a lion's share on
the quality of the images being generated. The more the pixel count,
the better the resolution or clarity of the picture and the better
it turns out when enlarged. So it is obvious that the fastidious
photographers prefer robust pixel values. However, with the market
flooded with digital cameras of various makes, you can hope for a
good bargain. Let us discuss a few basics of digital photography.
Zoom And Tele Lenses
Going digital has also meant that you can click away merrily at
anything and everything under the sun. This will only help you get
well up on the nitty-gritty of the zoom modes. The Optical Zoom of a
camera is worth tinkering with. The "Telephoto" mode makes your
subject appear larger while the "Wide Angle" mode is all about
cramming a lot of a scene into your picture and hence the elements
of the picture appear smaller.
Toying with the controls of your digital camera is a good way of
getting a hang about the different picture modes and hence be able
to put them to good use. For instance, instead of relying on the
instruction manual, see for yourself that the Portrait Mode actually
sharpens your subject and de-focuses the background. For those who
are not yet comfortable with the exposure, focus and flash
parameters can take the help of the Auto Mode in the awkward initial
There is no such thing as a photography gene. Good photographers
weave magic with their cameras, but this magic is all about getting
the lighting and flash issues straightened in their photographs.
Shooting in the early morning light is advisable if you want to
avoid the harsh glare of the midday sun and in case of night
photography, filming during the twilight hours or just as the moon
is rising gives you the best results. You should not shoot with the
sun directly in front of the lens.
Using the Flash
The flash is quite a lure for the novice photographer but results
are not always satisfactory. This is because improper use of the
flash function leads to the marring of good photos. In fact, the
flash really leads to underexposure, and thus ungainly shadows in
night photography. While you are using this feature, inch closer to
your subject and thus make sure that all the areas of the picture
are equally lighted up.
The shutter speed is one area that many newcomers to digital
photography is quite oblivious to. But you will be amazed at the
dramatic results that mere varying the speeds can bring about. The
rule of thumb: fast shutter speeds "freeze" the action, while slow
values will result in a blur. Slow shutter speed also let more light
enter into the camera, so this is an option worth considering when
you need to shoot in low light conditions.
The basics of digital photography are not hard to master. And being
well versed in them will help you capture reality in all its
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