It is an established fact that when you are new in the field of photography, that you will be bombarded with questions like when, who, how, and what to photograph by people who have been in the profession. It no bores down to what you should do, when faced with a ton of terrific advices. Listed below are some of them:
– If you have the most expensive camera you’ll be the best photographer.
First, never you make the mistake of getting the top line of the body!
All current Canon and Nikon DSLR bodies are very good at what they do. So, you really don’t need the expensive mid-range to professional bodies. They are more or less the same as an amateur photographer and have just about the same degree of control and flexibility as the more expensive pro bodies.
Higher megapixels warrant more money which should not be very important for a starter. The megapixels are not too important, unless you are going to either crop very tight (which you may not have to do if you have a good telephoto lens in the first place), or blow them up to make poster size prints.
What I suggest is to put most of your money into a good lens(es). Because of all things, contrary to what many camera salesmen tell you, not megapixels, but the lens is what makes the sharp and high-resolution photos. The lens picks up the light and focuses it on your camera sensor. And the better an image it produces on that sensor the better the result. A great sensor will not capture more than a lens has projected on it. And do keep in mind, technology advances fast, it won’t be long before you will want a new body, because your current one will become obsolete, or maybe, one day you will want an upgrade to higher level. The good news is – for as long as you stay with the same system (Canon or Nikon), your lenses will happily work with your new and/or upgraded body.
So, your real investment should be the glass, not the body itself. With that in mind, I always suggest looking at camera purchase this way: you need to get a great lens, and a body to go along with it.
The best thing to do is to go on the internet and read some reviews of the cameras you consider. If you find some features that especially appeal to you, that some have, and others don’t, you’ll have narrowed your choices to one or two. Then go to a camera store and mess around with the candidates. See which one sits better in your hands, which one has more intuitive operation and menus, and so on.
Then you’ll know what you want. Don’t listen to specific suggestions “buy this model”, because while whoever says that may genuinely believe that’s the best camera for you – it’s in fact what they would have bought for themselves. And it may just be not quite it for you. So, it’s really you who will use this camera for years to come must make the final choice not them because of a true, the most expensive camera doesn’t make the best photo.
– You need expensive gear to be a professional photographer.
- Don’t go crazy buying the most expensive equipment right away.
It’s possible to get very nice photos with an inexpensive point and shoot.The more photos you take, the more you’ll know about what kind of camera to get when it’s time to upgrade.
- Consider a tripod.
On the other hand, an inexpensive tripod is worth getting, especially if your hands are shaky like most greenhorns. When you get a tripod, your satisfaction with your shots skyrockets. For even more stability, use your camera’s timer function with a tripod. Make sure you read helpful outlines on how to effectively use a tripod.
- Keep your camera with you all the time.
Photo opportunities often come when you least expect it. If you can keep your equipment relatively simple just a small camera bag and a tripod – you might be able to take advantage of some of those unexpected opportunities. Or, if your phone has a camera, use it to take “notes” on scenes you’d like to return to with your regular camera as this helps your overall learning process.
- Make a list of shots you’d like to get.
For those times you can’t carry your camera around, keep a small notebook to jot down places you’d like to come back and photograph. Make sure to note any important details, like the lighting, so you can come back at the same time of day or when the weather’s right. If you don’t want to carry a notebook, send yourself an email using your cell phone.
- Don’t overlook mundane subjects for photography.
There is a strong probability that you wouldn’t see what to photograph in your immediate surrounding or your backyard, but try looking at familiar surroundings with fresh eyes. You might catch an interesting trick of the light or find some unexpected wildflowers in your yard or some other place. Often a simple subject makes the best shot.
- Enjoy the learning process.
The best part of having a hobby like photography is never running out of things to learn. Inspiration is all around you. Look at everything with the eyes of a photographer and you’ll see opportunities you never noticed before. Do not disregard that butterfly perching on the lawn, who knows that might just be the shot you need.
- Take advantage of free resources to learn.
Browse through websites like the Digital Photography School Forum for inspiration and tips. Also, your local library probably has a wealth of books on all types of photography. If you’re interested in learning about post-processing, give free software like the GIMP a try. Anything you could learn from ranging from cheat sheets to photography manuals, disregard none.
- Experiment with your camera’s settings.
Your point and shoot may be more flexible and powerful than you know. Read the manual for help deciphering all those little symbols. As you explore, try shooting your subjects with multiple settings to learn what effects you like. When you’re looking at your photos on a computer, you can check the EXIF data (usually in the file’s properties) to recall the settings you used.
- Learn the basic rules.
The amount of information about photography online can be overwhelming. Start with a few articles on composition. Be open to what more experienced photographers have to say about technique. You have to know the rules before you can bend or break them. Try as much as possible to acquire as much knowledge as you can on photography it helps the learning process.
- Take photos regularly.
Try to photograph something every day. If you can’t do that, make sure you take time to practice regularly, so you don’t forget what you’ve learned. An excellent way to motivate yourself is by doing the weekly assignments in the DPS Forum. Do not get tired of photographing, anything that you can give a shot, do not hesitate to because just like the popular saying goes practice aids perfection
- Don’t be afraid to experiment.
If you’re using a digital camera, the cost of errors is free. Go crazy – you might end up with something you like. You’ll certainly learn a lot in the process.
– Advice that only gives exact settings instead of the reasons behind each one.i.e. – night photography: shoot at ISO3200, f2.8 & 30 seconds. Versus explaining why a high ISO is necessary and a 2.8 aperture.
I will tell you the truth you must have as many photography cheat sheets as possible to be able to do without such advice. Apertures and ISO settings are as tricky as photography itself and require a lot of tutorials to adapt to, if not you will definitely fall victim to one of such advice.
– Don’t photograph into the sun.
Obviously, the sun should be behind your subject. If you can select a spot meter, I’d suggest that you try using that. Meter off the subject or even the shadow on the ground right in front of the subject. Check your results without using any EV compensation. If it’s not washed out enough, try moving towards positive EV settings. If it’s too washed out, try moving towards negative EV settings. I think you will make out better with a lower ISO, but I admit that I never tried with a high ISO as this would probably always be unsuccessful when you are shooting straight into the sun.
– Don’t break the rule of thirds.
The rule of thirds is one of the most basic composition guidelines in photography, making use of a natural tendency for the human eye to be drawn toward certain parts of an image. As a photographer, it is your way of making sure the viewers focus on what you want them to.
The rule of thirds is an imaginary tic-tac-toe board that is drawn across an image to break it into nine equal squares. The four points where these lines intersect are the strongest focal points. The lines themselves are the second strongest focal points.
The bottom right point is the strongest for multiple subjects and the upper left point is the weakest.
This theory is often used in movies to convey the emotional dominance of one character over another. Placing a background subject on the right and the foreground subject on the left will confuse the eye and lead to confusion in the viewer about which subject is dominant. This technique is very useful for emotionally-charged images.
Another general rule is that your subject should be placed on the opposite line of the direction that they’re looking. For example, if your portrait subject is looking to their left, their body should be placed on the right of the frame. This gives the photo more room in the direction they’re looking and avoids the
– Just point and click.
By point and click, you probably mean a fixed lens digital camera (as opposed to a digital SLR). Currently, the highest resolution one is the 10 megapixels, Sony DSC-R1…a mighty fine camera:
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II has the highest resolution with full frame CCD. Canon says it has 16.7 Megapixel. It is the best for sports reporters with 5 frames per second. The best for “S ” series lens which is compatible with this professional camera. I hasten to add its sync speed is 250 which is not enough for sticklers. However, there is some information about Nikon D300 that will come in an early month with full frame CCD and 8 frames per second and 500 sync speed which is the best for all professions. The exact resolution of it is in vague. But there is some rondure of 15-16 MP.
If you want a better camera, you will have to get an SLR, and not an entry level one either (which are comparable to the R1 in quality). These won’t give you better performance unless you buy them as the body only and pay separately for a good lens (the kit lenses they come with aren’t very good). Something like the Canon EOS 5D with a decent lens will run you about $3000, compared to about $900 for the R1 or an entry-level DSLR.
– You need to spend hours editing an image to get the perfect result.
This is certainly one of the worst advice for a beginner. As long as you sometimes leave a good old pic alone its fine your very too(some girls that change eye color skin color! And much more and don’t you know that haters are probably jealous. I just like the unedited version better. I think it would look even better if you just made the picture black and white.