Digital Photography For Beginners
Digital Photography for Beginners or Dummies
Digital photography for beginners should be the start of a wonderful journey. Digital photography in general offers so many advantages over the type that utilises real film, that it has opened the door for just about anyone to become involved with it as a hobby or even a small business. If you want to know more about digital photography for beginners, this short article will tell you what to look for and what you need to learn about. You will find some of the information on our web site, but we encourage you to continue looking further afield to find out all you can about digital photography for beginners in books, magazines and if at all possible, from professional photographers.
First and foremost you need to know something about the cameras that are used, specifically what to look for when you want to buy your very first camera. Make sure you understand the concept of megapixels (versus film) and why you need memory cards for your camera. Most digital cameras have built-in zoom lenses that make them incredibly versatile, so make sure you understand, generally, how these work. In particular learn the difference between optical and digital zoom. Remember that buying a camera with an optical zoom lens will make it a lot more flexible because you can literally zoom into a scene or a subject. A digital zoom simply enlarges a portion the photograph.
You also need to know about hardware accessories including printers, scanners, flash units for extra light and what sort of computer and printer you can use with your camera.
Once you have deciphered the logistics of going digital, you can learn how to use your camera. The manual that comes with your camera will teach you a good deal - if you bother to read it (lots of people don't). Important techniques you need to familiarise yourself with include composition, focus, depth of field and exposure. Others include low light, white balance and use of flash (all of which relate to lighting), macro or close-up photography and black and white techniques.
Then there are some more specific techniques that relate more directly to the type of photographs you take including travel photos, pictures of children, landscapes, photos of animals (be they pets or wildlife), sports and action or still life shots. That is just the start of digital photography for beginners.