Digital Photography Techniques

Digital photography techniques range from good composition to effective lighting. Many digital photography techniques are quite basic, but they are also absolutely essential. So if you are serious about this either as a hobby, or because you eventually want to try and earn a living from photography, it's vital that you study the full range of digital photography techniques available.

Basic Digital Photography Techniques

The most basic techniques, or ways of doing things, relate to the camera itself. You need to familiarise yourself with all the different modes and understand how to focus correctly, and use aperture and exposure. Rule number one: read the manual from cover to cover.

Once you know what you are working with, you can start to play with various generic methods people use, like framing up shots and zooming in and out. Here the best advice is to take lots of lots of different shots and to keep a note of the different effects you can achieve. If you have a natural eye for a good shot, you will soon find that you can identify a nicely composed picture compared to one that is bland and ordinary. If you don't have the ability to do this, then read as much as you can so that you can learn. And you CAN learn.

Another technique you will want to master is how to use depth of field to create emphasis in a picture. For example, you want to show a crystal clear, beautiful flower in the foreground, and so you fuzz out the background, by using a shallow depth of field (or DOF).

Controlling exposure correctly is another example. If the right amount of light doesn't get to your camera's sensor, then your picture may either be too dark or too light. This is governed by the shutter speed, so this is an important element to learn about. If your camera has manual controls, you will have to learn how to use them. If it doesn't, you will have to rely on various automatic functions - which in turn means that you need to find out exactly how these work.

There are so many ways you can use light to enhance and improve photographs, ranging from balance to the ISO on the camera, to using additional flash to light up subject or provide backlighting. And this is just the beginning of many digital photography techniques.

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