If you’re new to photography and want to move beyond taking simple snapshots and start taking beautiful images, you’ll need to learn some basic photography techniques. The problem with learning about the art of photography and taking photos is that there’s a lot of theory. And you probably just want to take photos.
Don’t worry about the photography snobs who say you have to bury your head in books to understand how to take great images. The best way to learn is to get out there and start taking photos.
So below are some techniques you can try today, and at the same time you’ll be practicing valuable photography techniques that will take your photography to a new level. You can practice each step in a day. Or you can really take your time to learn each technique. There’s no right way to learn about photography, except for taking lots of photos. So get out your camera and remember to have fun and experiment.
Just a quick note about cameras. In writing the article I’m assuming you have a dSLR with manual controls. But you can still follow along with a point-and-shoot camera. The same rules apply. If you don’t have manual controls on your camera some of the tips will be difficult to apply. Here are five essential tricks for new photographers to get you started.
Composition refers to where things are located in the frame. Things can be your subject, the background, foreground, and anything else that appears in your photo. Understanding and achieving good composition in your photos is the most important technique in creating great images.
Fortunately, there is a very simple method you can follow when you’re first learning about composition. It’s called the Rule of Thirds. But I don’t want you to think of it as a strict rule, more of a guideline. But understanding composition is a very important step in taking your photos from boring snapshots to beautiful images.
The Rule of Thirds states that your frame is split into thirds, with two horizontal lines and two vertical lines. The most important elements in your photo should be placed along the lines, or where the lines intersect. Here’s what the grid looks like.
The next time you’re out taking photos take the time to think about the composition. The biggest mistake made by new photographers is placing their subject in the center of the frame. Consciously practice using the Rule of Thirds.