5 Tips For A New Photographer

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You just got your first DSLR camera, and you're ready to take on the world of photography. But before you start shooting everything in sight, there are some things that you should know about taking pictures. For example, what do all those different settings mean? How do I focus my lens correctly? And what is this thing called "exposure"? Well, don't worry, with this list of 5 helpful tips for new photographers like yourself, you will be taking pictures confidently.

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The Rule Of Thirds

View your scene through a grid, dividing it into nine equal parts. Instead of positioning the main object in the middle of your picture with four intersections on each side, try to place it two-thirds from one edge instead. This will give you more visual interest and make for a less boring photograph overall.

Keep Steady

Use a tripod or other camera stand if necessary. Remember that blurry photos can happen when you use slow shutter speeds like one quarter or one-eighth seconds. That's because these types of exposures require more extended amounts of time for light entering the lens to hit the digital sensor inside your DSLR camera. If even the slightest movement happens during this time, like moving the camera very slightly or breathing too hard, it can result in a blurry final image. If you want to avoid this, try using either a tripod or another camera stand for your DSLR like an extendable monopod. This way, even if something shakes while taking pictures at slow speeds like one eighth or one-quarter seconds, there won't be any blurring on the final shot.

Learn About The "Sweet Spot"

One important thing that many new photographers don't know about their lenses is where their sweet spot actually is located on each lens' focal length range. The sweet spot is crucial because it's typically two-thirds from the end of your lens away from its base. That is the point where it attaches to your DSLR camera. This is important because if you don't focus at or near that spot, then there's a good chance that part of the image will be blurry. 

All Out In The Open

Make sure objects are correctly exposed. Remember those blinking "blinkies" warnings on top of your camera? If so, they're present when viewing something in live view mode while taking pictures with slow shutter speeds like one quarter or one-eighth of a second. It means either something was too bright for its surroundings (over-exposure) or too dark (under-exposure). Of course, you fix this by adjusting specific settings like EV +/-, but just make sure that you don't go overboard.

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Research Your Niche 

You might already have a good idea of what type or what subject matter photos you want to specialize in. Even if you are a new photographer with next to nothing experience to your name. Get researching. Learn everything about what you want, the type of photos you want to take, or the subject matter to which you wish to attach your name. If you aspire to be the best flower photographer in the business, then articles like https://backlightblog.com/flower-photography-tips will get you to your dream quicker.

These are just some essential tips for new photographers like yourself who want to take their pictures to the next level.

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