This post includes tips that any photographers need to know, especially for beginners. You can significantly improve your photography skills once you finished reading this article.
Wait no more! Let’s take you skills to the next level!
13 Photography Tips for Beginners
Rule of thirds
This is the basic and the most effective rule of composition that helps novice photographers to produce stunning photos. The rule is also utilized by many professionals to take their artworks to a higher level.
According to the rule of thirds, the screen will be divided into 9 equal parts by two horizontal and 2 vertical lines across the image.
The rule supposes that arranging the subject at the four intersections (circles in the image) will attract the viewer’s attention more than arranging at the center of the picture.
In fact, there are a lot of photographers who are instinctively applying the rule without knowing its existence.
However, despite its affection, many professionals in art and photography claim that this is just a referenced rule. You don’t want to follow the rule all the time; you want to be creative and use your knowledge to choose the most suitable composition for your photos.
Learn to use the Exposure Triangle
The three components of the Exposure Triangle are: Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO.
You also need to understand the relationships among these three controls. When you adjust one of them, you would usually have to consider at least one of the others to get the desired results.
All three elements of the triangle are related to light, and you can easily adjust them using a DSLR camera. A professional photographer could be able to control the triangle in any situation.
Aperture is how wide the lens opened when taking photos. The wider the aperture, the more light sensor receives. Altering the aperture will also affect the Depth of Field.
ISO is the sensitivity of the sensor. The bigger the ISO, the greater the sensor’s sensitivity. However, the large ISO will cause noises in your photo. You should use low ISO to get the cleanest image.
Shutter speed is the length of time the sensor is exposed to light. The slower the shutter speed, the more light sensor receive. Altering the shutter speed will affect your subject movement.
Use Polarizing filter
If you can only buy one filter for your lens, make it a polarizer. This is an essential filter for those who interest in taking scenery photos. Polarizing filters prevent reflected rays from non-metallic flat surfaces such as glass mirrors and water surfaces. When attaching this filter, the camera can focus through the mirror or the water surfaces without reflection. When taking cloudy sky photos, polarizing filters will produce images with higher contrast and color saturation. Colors of foliage photos you take will be more vivid since the surface luminance is reduced.
>>> We recommend this filter for the best combination of performance and price.
Add depth to your landscapes
The biggest problem with creating a beautiful landscape photo is often delivering the size, scale, and depth of the scene. After all, you’re trying to use a two-dimensional to represent a three-dimensional space.
To increase depth of field of your photos, you need to evolve front elements into the shot. Take the image below for example.
By taking a lower shooting position, you can include things, such as human body, rocks, flowers in the foreground to give the scene a greater sense of dimension.
In addition, you can utilize a wide-angle lens to improve the depth of the shot.
Learn which Settings matter
At the beginning, you shouldn’t use auto mode, because you won’t learn much from using it. You’ll want to practice with different modes. You must be confused at first, but you will get used to it over time.
Pay more attention to light
Obviously, the most important feature in photography is light. If you take a photo with good light, you’re halfway to your perfect picture. But what is ‘good light’? It’s not all about sunlight.
A general purpose when taking a photo is balancing light between subject and background. Even when you’re shooting in an amazing sunset, your photos may be ruined by a completely dark and silhouetted foreground.
The easiest way to solve this problem is to pay more attention to the direction and softness of the light. You may get bad shadows going across your model if the light is too harsh (bad when taking portrait).
If the light is coming from an unflattering angle, you can move the light source or move the subject – or wait until the light is better.
Know when to use Tripod
Tripod is supposed to solve one of the trickiest problems – lack of light. You can use a tripod to shoot in slow-speed exposure to capture things that even invisible to human eyes. You may also want to use a tripod in brighter conditions when you need your photos to be perfectly stabilized, or when your camera is too heavy. To be short, you will need a tripod when your subject is stationary.
Know when to use Flash
Flashes are not only meant for dark conditions.
You will need more light in room conditions. In case you shoot in a studio, you’ll want an external flash placed on the ceiling, with a 50mm (or longer) lens. Your photos’ quality will be significantly improved.
You might even need to use flash in brighter conditions (outdoors), even in the middle of the day. If there’s ugly shadows on your subject, you can use a gentle ‘fill flash’ to fill it.
Clean your Camera Lens
You might have seen your photos get blurry regularly. The first reason you can think of is it’s because of dirt, dust, or smudge on your camera lens.
A bit of dust inside the lens will neither be visible on images nor cause any harm. Here, I’m talking about lenses that haven’t been cleaned for years. You should buy microfiber cloth and lens cleaning solution, carry them with you, and use them at least once a week.
Don't use a Cheap filter
The second reason for your blurry images is using a cheap filter. You should use a high-quality polarizing filter like this one, or a UV filter like this one to ensure the detail of your images.
Try Something New
You could see that photography will get more interesting as you spend more time with it. The thing is, you might fall into a routine and shoot photos with similar compositions, similar topics over and over. I’m not saying that this is wrong, but you might want to try different types of photography.
I’ve not realised how much I love macro photography is when I started. It has become one of my main interest in photography since I’ve got to know it. You should rent lenses and try different types of photography: portrait, macro, scenery, street photography. You might even drive to a random location that you’ve never been before and try to find out the hidden beauty of the place.
Usually, you’ll discover something new: new techniques or personal preferences – that you can bring back to your regular photography.
Look at your Old photos
This quote is the most influenced one to me personally. Don’t get him wrong; you don’t need to throw away your images since they’re your worst. Instead, you should keep and look at them regularly.
Learning from your own mistakes is a great way to improve – just like recording yourself speaking when you learn a new language and listen to you again to see what you did wrong and what was right. Once you realize your mistake, you won’t be likely to make that mistake again.
Shoot a lot and Experiment
Practice makes perfect. It’s true when you learn any skills, not just photography.
Cameras are complicated, and there are many aspects of photography that you have to master on the road to your perfect image. The more you practice, the better your image quality. Keep on shooting until one day, you will thankfully look back on the road that you’ve been to, and proudly show your stunning photos to the world!
it's time to earn some cash
Let’s go out and practice these tips until you master them. It’s your time! Show your masterpieces to the world and make money with your photos!
If you have any questions on any photography tips above or want to share anything with us, just leave a comment! We appreciate it!