Professional Tips for Amateur Photography


Photography is a vast field to work with. Specially when you are an amateur, things get a little bit harder for you to really make a better way out at this particular time. So, if you are a photo enthusiast and also want to get better there are couple of things you can follow that can help you to get better at this. Now being a newbie, you are going to make lots of mistakes. You may also find yourself in a world of choices where you are losing yourself. If this is your present condition you are in need of professional help to make your photo more attractive without any photo editing.

Gadget and Tool

Equipment related to photography is must have in order to take any photo, do you really need expensive gadget just to take photo. In the beginning all you need is a camera to take photo. There are tons of camera out there which you can start with like Canon 60d or 70d, also Nikon D3200, D3300, these are all entry level camera. These cameras got all of the thing that you need as an amateur. After having a camera most important thing comes after is a lens. One type of lens is good for amateur 50mm f/1.8 prime lens. As an amateur you want to take photo that helps you to grow as a good photographer in that case prime lens is most beneficial.

Another very helpful approach to photography is to have a tripod. Tripod helps you to stabilize your camera whether you take portrait photo, macro or any type of photo it always helps. If you want to take photography another level with a very small cost you can get a camera polarizer. It keeps the color in good state, help you to avoid reflecting any noise in your photo. These are the most basic entry level tools you need to take photo. Taking photo need incredible amount of space specially if you take raw photo, which you should as a good photographer. All you need is micro SD card like 32GB or 64GB, have as much as you can. Also have card reader with you to transfer your photo to any storage and using USB cable is slow process, it takes tremendous amount of time.

Next important things to have is rechargeable battery, having multiple of them on your possession always working as a backup. Finally, what you require is a handy bag that can carry all sorts of stuff you have as a photographer. Buying one is very essential to carry your tools safely and also for flexibility. However, buying all of this at once is not necessary, decide what you can afford right now then have one by one accordingly.

Photo Capturing Technique

You can capture photo as you wish but following simple technique may increase the photo taking capability towards better improvement. Make an honest effort to every photo while capturing it. The subject you are shooting might not be very attractive but try not to avoid that it may become useful at some point. Keeping your camera with yourself most of the time is very essential in that way you will be able to capture the most unexpected photo. In addition to this try to use your tripod to bring the subtlety in your photo. Much satisfaction can be acquired just to use tripod as it enriches the quality of your photo.

Keep your camera at close distance to your body specially to your face during photo shooting. Stretching your arm far from your body will lose accuracy thus decreases the value of your photo. There is timer in your camera in case all camera provided with this basic feature. Setting timer can make you extra cautious, also prevent mistakes and uncontrollable situation. Moreover, what you can do is that take photo with full frame don’t take that are cropped up already. Take the photo in wide angle then crop it later the way you want.

Understanding Basics Theory

Photography is very hard subject to study. It may seem very easy because all you have to do is to push that button but there are so many things happening under the hood. So, you should have the basic understanding as an amateur, how camera works more specifically how light works in that little black box.

The first thing that is to understand is exposure. Exposure describes how light is exposed to your camera to capture that perfect moment. Controlling the light to capture a photo is the main idea of exposure. Now there are three things that is related to exposure which are Aperture, ISO and Shutter speed. Roughly said all of these stuffs are related to controlling the light that is coming towards the camera. All of these features have values which dictates different level of controlling of these features.

Aperture values in general shows as a number of “f” for instance f/1.4 also the starting of “f” value these go all the way to f/22. The smaller value tells you that the aperture is in wide focal length which means more light can pass through the aperture. Its like a hole reside in the camera lens. The wider focal length gives you shallow depth of field blurry background and narrower gives you deep depth of field which shows both foreground and background is clear.

The next thing is shutter speed. You can guess that its about the speed of shutter. Normally fractions of seconds in case if its not for the longer exposure. Its generally start from 1 second to fractions of seconds for instance 1/500, 1/1000 the higher the value the more light can get inside of your camera. Low shutter speed like 1/30 gives you still photo, high shutter speed gives you motion in your photo. Pretty nit huh!

The last but foremost thing is ISO it tells you the light captured by the camera sensor, starting value from the 100 to thousands. If the value set to higher then the image is more, noisy because of all of those lights which makes the photo digitally grained.

Do Experiment

Photography is experiment based learning process. Trying different sorts of technique, combination of settings will give you divergent taste in your photo. Also attempt different perspective in your photography. Different angle can give you distinct characteristic of the same composition. Make sure you take photo regularly. Take photo from different distance from your subject. Move yourself instead of zooming the lens. Practice with prime lens in the beginning will give you the idea what’s really going on with the camera. How aperture, shutter speed, ISO working can only be understood by trying different combination of them. Also comprehending your surrounding with sharper eye can give you extra advantage.

Author: Asif Iftekhar
Asif Iftekhar is a graphic designer and content marketer at CPH Graphic Media. Free time i love to read and try new things. You can find Asif on LinkedIn.