Digital Photography For Dummies

Some handy Tips for Digital Photography for Dummies!

When you first start taking photographs with a digital camera, it can be an intimidating experience that makes you feel like a real dummy. But there are some basic tips that will make digital photography for dummies a lot easier and less daunting. Digital photography for dummies starts with familiarising yourself with the camera you are going to be using, which means that you start by reading the manual. Once you know what you have to work with, you can find out more about digital photography for dummies, including the importance of composition and focus.

Since there are so many different cameras out there, the first part of your journey really does begin with the manual and whatever you have chosen to buy. Work through it systematically, checking the different parts and functions. Take some pictures and you will soon begin to feel more comfortable. But unless you are a natural, you aren't going to achieve the perfect shot in your first day. Accept this.

So where does the learning start? First and foremost, are your images in focus? It can be very frustrating for a beginner to find that every shot is fuzzy. Even using auto focus doesn't guarantee a sharp picture. Here's a trick that will help you. All digital cameras have what we call a dual pressure shutter button that you press to take the shot. When you half-press the button, it will activate the focus mechanism in the camera. You will get some kind of confirmation of what you are focusing on (for example a bright green outline or icon in the viewfinder). If you aren't focusing on your subject, then don't continue the second part of the press until you have rectified this. By pausing this way, you will focus on your subject and are more likely to produce a nice, sharp shot. Try it and see.

Another vital aspect of good photographs is composition, which is the way all the elements are combined in one shot. Since you don't have to pay for film, take lots of photographs changing the composition slightly each time. Then compare them to one another to see which looks best. Try to get some sort of balance in the picture, to create interest and a pleasing affect. Also experiment with the different camera modes and the two formats, portrait (when the camera is held sideways to produce a picture that is narrow from side to side) and landscape (where the picture is wide). Even if you are shooting landscape photographs, always try using the portrait format as well. You'll be surprised how different the composition can be.

Experiment and have fun, and read as much as you can find about the subject. You will even find that there are books written specially about digital photography for dummies.

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