By Jotham Lloyd
Capturing a moment through a photo is how we preserve memories, tell stories, and share emotion. If you’re aspiring to become a better photographer, or just want to take better photos on any device, here's some helpful guidance for you.
1. Learn How to Hold a Camera
To start, this first step is frequently overlooked because it sounds simple (and obvious), right? There is a significant difference between properly holding a camera and simply pointing and shooting it to whatever photo you want to take, which you may not have noticed before.
It is worth remembering that you should hold your camera with both hands at all times. By doing so, it can help to reduce shakiness and blurry images. To support the weight of the camera, grip the right side of the camera with your right hand and place your left hand beneath the lens. If you need more stability, you can lean up against a wall or crouch down on your knees, but if you don't have anything to lean against, taking a wider stance can help.
2. Invest in Proper Equipment
Using basic photography accessories will always help you take great photos, and the good news is, most of it is pretty affordable. Having the right equipment will help you understand the fundamentals of camera control. Accessories such as tripods and shoulder straps are almost essential. Tripods are particularly useful if you have shaky hands, and to support the weight of your camera, you'll need a sturdy foundation.
Once you’re comfortable with the basic settings of your camera, we recommend adding new lenses to your collection. We know- shopping for lenses can be overwhelming and most people might not even know where to start. If that’s you, check out our lenses buying guide.
Lenses are the most long-term investments you’ll make as they last longer than camera bodies. Different lenses are used for different perspectives so it’s important to know their range and quality. Be sure to do your research before you buy.
3. Know the Basics: Composition
In photography, composition refers to how you arrange the elements of your subject matter within your frame. There are some compositional rules that can help you achieve your desired effect. One of the most known compositions for photography is the rule of thirds.
By using the rule of thirds, the image will feel more natural, allowing the eye to easily flow around the image. To do this, divide your image into nine equal blocks that form a three-by-three grid, and then aim to get the most interesting parts of your image on or near the imaginary gridlines. In contrast, placing subjects in your frame symmetrically will give your photo a clean and satisfying quality.
4. Explore and Familiarize Camera Settings
Even the most simple cameras come with multiple, complicated settings, and getting them right takes some practice- especially if you are just getting started. Even the most skilled photographers are not always able to achieve perfection. Regardless, it's important to learn how to properly set your camera settings to accommodate your desired style based on your environment.
To start, play around with different modes and lighting. You won't learn anything if you set your camera to automatic mode and rely on it for everything. It may be puzzling at first, but with time and practice, you will be able to get it right.
There are a lot of available Digital SLR Cameras or Mirror-less Cameras in the market with different settings, it’s up to you to decide on what’s best for you and the type of photography you are trying to achieve.
5. Explore, Experiment, and Have Fun
Whether you are seeking a professional career in photography, or just want to pick up a new hobby and skill, everything you do with a camera should be rewarding. Experimenting and having fun with a camera is your best starting point.
If you decide that you want to escalate your skills, all you can do is practice. The more you experiment, and the more photos you take, the better you’ll get; Quantity matters here as much as quality matters.
Take Your Time
Overexposed, hazy, blurry, or badly composed images can be annoying, but instead of becoming discouraged by them, utilize them as a learning tool. Don’t let frustrations get to you and your work. The next time you take a poor photo, don't immediately delete it. Instead, spend some time examining the image to figure out what went wrong and how you can fix it.
No great photographers were born great, it takes work. Photography should be another source of inspiration and joy and happiness; we don’t want it to become just another annoying thing in our life. Remember why you enjoy taking photographs. It's meaningful; it's an opportunity to see incredible sights and meet brilliant, creative people. Always remember that the best photographers are those who are just enjoying it.