From Polaroids To Pocket Cameras: General Photography Ideas

Photography books that have helped.
photography
Image by Greh Fox
These are my photography books that I purchased some time back. All have been rather useful towards this hobby of mine.

I’m looking to purchase more of such books, have any to recommend?

Photo went through E-6 on C-41 cross processing.
Best viewed LARGE and on black.
Settings: Aperture: f/4.0, Exposure: 1/10, ISO100, EV -1 2/3

Equipment: Canon 40D + Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 T* Planar.
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Photography can be a very intimidating hobby to take up if you start with absolutely no knowledge on the topic. People who are new to photography may not know where to begin because of the extensive amount of information available on learning photography. However, if you follow the techniques listed in this article, you will be taking stunning photographs in no time.

Make sure your subject feels comfortable. This goes double if the subject is a stranger. Someone taking pictures can easily appear to pose a potential threat. You can ease their reluctance by engaging them in a friendly conversation and asking permission to photograph them. Help them understand that this is art, and not just a method of invading their privacy.

You can move the subject around so that you can find a shot you find interesting. Try getting shots of the subject from all around it, like above it or below it and so on.

When you are about to take a picture, stand still and hold your breath. You could ruin your shot by accidentally moving. Take that second to freeze before touching your shutter button, hold your breath, and snap the perfect shot.

Using digital software, photos can be altered to look like watercolors, pencil sketches and much more. There are many software programs on the market today that can alter photographs in many different ways. Adobe Photoshop is the premier program, but there are many others. It can immediately change photos into artworks by choosing the medium required within the filter option.

When you are learning, camera settings should be simple. Master one control at a time, such as the shutter speed or the aperture, before taking on the next. Doing so enables you to concentrate on the photos themselves instead of wasting time messing around with camera settings during which time your subject bores and moves on.

Educate yourself on using your camera’s ISO setting to achieve the best quality picture. The higher the ISO is set, the more grain will be on your pictures. Increased grain can make a shot look terrible.

Be careful of using digital zoom features rather than optical zoom when getting close-up shots. Cameras will usually let you zoom closer and closer optically until the digital zoom takes over. The problem is that this compromises the overall picture quality. The digital mode adds pixels to the image, which can decrease your image quality. Read your camera manual, so you can see how to disable the feature in your model.

You should think about using a flash when you are taking photos outdoors. Deep facial shadows often appear when you snap photos in bright sun. If your camera features a “fill flash” setting, this is the situation it was made for. This will fill up the wrinkles and folds in a face.

If you like the creative feeling an old camera gives you, consider buying some vintage gear in a second hand shop. To get an especially nostalgic look, try black and white film. A good choice is film with a 200 ISO rating. After getting the film developed, consider having prints made onto a variety of papers, including fiber-based papers.

Keep a notepad to record your shots. When you are looking at your pictures later on, it will be nice to see where the picture was taken, and how you felt when you took it. Take a small notepad wherever you go and jot down the description and picture number.

This article probably helped you sort the whirlwind of photography information at your disposal into something a bit more coherent. You will become very successful if you work hard and learn as much as you can about photography.

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