Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Digital Photography Tutorial

5-Sunset-USFWS  Carlsbad Caverns National Park Sunset - Stolz, Gary MThis article will guide you and prepare you for photography because Photography has and will change, but only in technology. The beauty, concept, subjects, effects and most important, attitude are still the same. Photography tricks full guide

Have the right attitude. In order to be able to do any type of photography, you need to be patient and very creative. Without patience you can't achieve that perfect shot and without the creativity, you will never be able to make that perfect shot. Gender, religion and cultures have little or no effect on the outcomes of photography.
Have the right attitude.

Understand the philosophy of photography as an art form. Before we move on, it is very important for anyone to understand the basic idea and concept of photography. Photography is not just a subject, it is an art which has no boundaries. The camera is a device with which you capture the beauty of nature which includes all what we see. Photography lies in us, not the camera. Photographs capture moments and it is the photographer who gives worth to the image.
Understand the philosophy of photography as an art form.

Read a book. Reading a guide or book on photography will improve your understanding on photography and help you immensely at your work. Reading a book for guidance is required by EVERYONE, and it's benefits can only be seen after doing. This is a very helpful and practical way to make photography more beneficial and allow more utilization of creativity.

Decide what type of photography you are most interested in. It is better to decide your field of photography beforehand. Examples of fields of photography are landscape which deals with natural vistas and wildlife which deals with photographs of animals in their natural habitats.

9-Sunset-USFWS  - Lamington National Park, - Stolz, Gary M. - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Get a camera. The first step in beginning photography is to choose the camera as it is the most vital tool in photography, after the photographer himself. Digital "point and shoot" cameras are the best for beginning photography because they have simpler controls than an SLR. Their maintenance and cost is cheaper than an SLR as well. Simple digital cameras also allow the photographer to unleash the creativity in him or her. But cameras differ in more ways and keeping their specifications in mind is important. The common difference between models are the sensors: CCD(Charged Coupled Device] and CMOS[Complementry Metal Oxide Semi- conductor]. While the CCD is cheaper and easier to make and repair, it is slower and consumes more electricity. Also, it has limitations to ISO. On the other hand, CMOS is more expensive and complicated but consumes lesser energy and is faster and more compatible for ISO. Another factor, the type of camera is in the models. While point and shoot come in various sizes and functions, the ratio of quality and functions is maintained by the price. They have fixed lenses and limitations including inability to click through glass, loss of depth, telefocation, advanced functions etc. A higher level comes with more depth,durability and functions. Then come the bDSLR, which are a level below SLR and a bit cheaper, yet they are designed and capable to let a professional photographer to use it as a excellent backup. SLR are at the top and provide everything except toughness, which is a bargain good enough.

Get a camera.

Carefully consider your budget and requirements before you shop for a camera. The camera should be worth what you spend. It should also be equipped for the type of photography you wish to do. Normal cameras are ideal for landscapes while there are special cameras for extreme climate and weather conditions in which normal digital cameras would be ineffective.

Carefully consider your budget and requirements before you shop for a camera.

Prepare yourself before you begin. Before you head out into the world of photography, you need to do a few things. The first thing would be to note and decide when and where you will do photography. This is important because it is not recommended to spend your time with the camera while you have a meeting to attend, unless you have taken up photography as a profession, rather than a hobby. During these periods, when you plan to do only photography, try not to do anything else and use all your and energy only for photography.

Prepare yourself before you begin.

The next thing to do is to feel the camera. Read the manual and then explore each and every function before using. Also try to see the work done by other photographers and mark out your preferences.                     

The next thing to do is to feel the camera.
Practice, practice, practice. Photography is best when done in a peaceful state of mind and always improves with practice.       

  • Consider a used camera if your budget is small.
  • Keep at least 2 additional copies of photos you can't afford to lose.
  • When on a professional tour for photography, it is advisable to carry a spare camera.
  • When choosing the reel for a camera, remember to check for the ISO.   

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Online Photography Courses

Get Started in Digital Photography

Have you ever seen great pictures that people in your family have taken and wondered how they got that good of an image? Have you ever looked at your pictures and been completely unsatisfied? After reading this article, you will be better equipped to leap into the world of digital photography.                                                                                                                                                                     Develop or have a desire to learn the art of digital photography. Whether you just want to learn something new, take better pictures of your kids, get more interesting photographs, or get a new hobby, you must have a desire to learn.

"The best camera is the one you have with you." -Chase Jarvis
"The best camera is the one you have with you." -Chase Jarvis

Get equipment. Anything that can take a digital picture can be used for digital photography: a cell phone camera, a $20 mini camera from Walmart, a simple point and shoot, or an advanced DSLR. It doesn't matter what you use to get the shot, you can get good pictures with anything.
The Full Auto mode is green on most mode dials
The Full Auto mode is green on most mode dials

Learn about your equipment. Know how to use most, if not all, of the features on your camera. Most cameras offer a "full automatic" mode, which is great for those beginning into digital photography. Just compose the shot and take the picture. As you become more advanced, you can start to try out the other various modes on your camera.
Learn about photography. There is a plethora of information about photography on the internet. Search for articles on the basics of photography, such as exposure, rule of thirds, and light. The more you learn, the better at photography you will become. Never stop searching for new information.                                                                                                                                          Get out and take pictures. You won't get better at anything without practice. Take your camera with you wherever you go, and always be ready to take a picture. While you are out, try out new techniques or ideas that you have come up with. Try to get the picture that you can visualize in your head beforehand.                                                                                                                             Learn how to use post-processing programs. The two major programs are Adobe Photoshop and GIMP. These can be extremely complicated, technical, and hard to use, but once you master the basics you will be very happy that you took the time to learn. For beginning photographers, GIMP is perfect because it is completely free. It is similar to Photoshop, but a little bit less daunting and much less expensive. Start by reading a few articles on how to use GIMP, then spend time experimenting with your own images. There is an excellent video podcast on how to use GIMP called Meet the Gimp.                                                                                                                                         Download photography podcasts. These will help you learn new techniques, see professional work, etc. Some good ones include: Chase Jarvis Photography, D-Town TV, Photography 101, The Art of Adventure Photography, and The Art of Photography.

TIPS                                                                                                                                              Constantly look at things through your photographer's eye. Always be aware of new and interesting things to take pictures of.

  • Take lots of pictures. Unlike film photography, the cost of taking 10 images and the cost of taking 100 is the same. If you see something you like, take pictures of it. If you see something interesting but don't think you can get a good shot, take pictures of it. You may be surprised with what you get.
  • Get your friends into photography. They can point out new and interesting pictures to take, and it's always more fun when you are taking pictures in a group.
  • Don't get discouraged. If someone leaves you a negative comment on one of your images, realize that it is only an opinion. The only opinion that matters is yours. If you like your pictures, then you succeeded.
  • Pictures are all around you. If you run out of things to photograph, go out into your backyard. If you start looking for pictures to take in familiar environments, they will show up like magic.                                                                                                                                                                                  

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Friday, 6 April 2012

learn photography

If you've mastered the basics of framing, shooting, and taking a photograph, try taking it further. Make it a hobby, or maybe even a career, rather than taking the usual holiday, pet, and kid snapshots. It is time to start making stunning, rather than simply passable, photographs.                                                                                                                                
1) Learn the basics, if you haven't already. Basics of photography include composition, which is essentially the placing of a subject within the frame of a photograph, lighting, and the basic workings of your camera. See How to Take Better Photographs for some introductory material.
Develop Your Photography Skills
Sometimes, a great photo opportunity will present itself to you, so be ready...2) Be ready. At least half of the time, the difference between a great photograph and a mediocre one is being in the right place at the right time, with a camera in your hand. Carry your camera with you as often as you can. Make sure to use your camera often, too. Just carrying it around does no good.
...but being there is just as important as being ready.
3) Be there. Being "ready" is not enough. As Ken Rockwell says of his early experience,

Did you catch the spoiler word in my logic, "anything that presented itself?" I was a spectator. I thought that photography involved taking pictures of things that came along. NO! You have to get out there and find things. Finding and seeing are the hard part...[t]aking a picture of what you find is the trivial part.

So get up, get out there and take photographs. Go out at every time of day, every day, and look for things. Don't wait for the right opportunity to come along (but be prepared if it does!); go out and find them. Look for opportunities everywhere you go (whether you're at the mall or on the other side of the world), and go to places to look for opportunities. If you can see something in your mind, chances are you can set it up and shoot it!                                                                                                                                                        
  1. Look for colour...
  2. Look for colour...                                                               

Look for colours. Or do the opposite: look for a total absence of colour, or shoot in black-and-white.

  • ..and repetition...
    Look for repetition and rhythm. Or do the opposite, and look for something completely isolated from the things around it.
  • ..and light...
    ..and light...
    Look for lighting, and the lack of such. Take photographs of shadows, or of reflections, or of light streaming through something, or of things in total darkness.
  • ...and emotion, and gesture...
    ...and emotion, and gesture...
    Look for emotion and gesture if you're photographing people. Do they show happiness? Mischievousness? Sadness? Do they look thoughtful? Or do they just look like another person mildly annoyed to have a camera pointed at them?
  • ...and texture...
    ...and texture...
    Look for texture, forms, and patterns. Great black-and-white photographs are stunning because black-and-white forces the photographer to look for these things.    
  • ...and contrasts.
    ...and contrasts.
    Look for contrasts. Look for something that stands out from the rest of the shot. In your composition, use the wide end of your zoom (or a wide-angle lens) and get closer and make it so. Look for contrasts of all the things above: colour amid dullness, light among darkness, and so on. If you're photographing people, try putting (or finding) your subject in a context in which they stand out. Look for happiness in unexpected places. Look for a person in a surrounding in which they appear out-of-place. Or ignore this and take them completely away from their context by opening your lens all the way to blur the background. In short...
  • Texture, colour, and shape together. Not a subject.
    Texture, colour, and shape together. Not a subject.
    Look for anything that will hold a viewer's interest which isn't a traditional "subject". As you find your niche, you'll probably find that you end up going back to taking photographs of subjects again. This is fine. Looking for things which aren't subjects will improve your photography no end—you'll soon see a different world altogether.
          Show the best of your work to other people. Which is to say, find the best of your work       and show only that to other people. Even the greatest photographers don't take superb shots every single time; they're just very selective about what they show to others.
  • If you don't think it's a great shot, then don't show it to others.
    If you don't think it's a great shot, then don't show it to others.
    Be brutal about it. If they're not great shots to you, then never show them. Your standards will increase over time, and even the ones you might have once thought were passable will probably look pretty lame to you a few months down the line. If this means that all you had for a day's worth of shooting was one or two photos, then that's okay. In fact, it probably means you're being just harsh enough.
  • You're looking at a thumbnail of this right now.
    You're looking at a thumbnail of this right now.
    Don't look at images full size. Ken points out that the most important parts of an image are those that can be seen when the picture is seen at thumbnail size. There are people out there who will pick at flaws they can only see in 100% crops of your photos. That's okay, because they aren't really worth listening to. Feel free to pass over anything that doesn't look great when it takes up a quarter of your screen (or less).                                TIPS                                           
    • Give yourself a tutorial. If you own a camera and have its manual, read the manual and play with the options as you read. Read in a place where you will not be distracted.
    • Buy a modern book on photography. Save money and buy a used book as long as it is relatively current. Sample and look at many photography books before buying. Also, look at a variety of magazines (music, people, homes, gardens, architecture, babies - whatever interests you). How do the pictures look? What are the photographers doing?
    • Make a concentrated effort to make every shot count. Typically, one shot in twenty might be a keeper, one in one hundred is good, one in a thousand is a "Wow" photo, and if you are lucky, you might get the shot of a lifetime over your life that everyone can appreciate.
    • Maybe your dad or a photographer friend has a redundant film SLR kicking around?
      Don't have a camera? Borrow one until you can buy one. Having your own camera will be an immense help.                                                                                                              

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