DSLR Photography Tips for Beginners

This article will tell you about some DSLR photography tips for beginners. The tips are very helpful for those who have been used to point-and-shoot cams who now want to upgrade to DSLR photography.

DSLR cameras aren’t grossly complex but it surely takes some time to get used to it. With the DSLR photography tips here, you should be able to learn the basics while still getting to know your camera. These are just basic DSLR photography tips and hopefully it can come handy for beginners of this field.

Composition of Landscape

If you are into taking pictures of landscapes, this is a simple rule to remember – the rule of thirds. This means that 2/3 or 1/3 of the image should make up either the foreground or the sky, depending on which object you want to focus on. This strategy will give your image more depth and a dramatic look.

Using the aperture

Aperture tells you how much of the scene you see in the viewfinder will be focused. When you choose low aperture, this means that only the foreground will be focused while the rest of the picture will be fuzzy. This functionality is used for macro-photography and close-ups, when you just want to highlight your subject in the picture. High aperture also means everything will be focused. This option is best used for landscapes. Since these settings are different according to lens, be sure to play around with this functionality.

Shooting very sharp pictures

The first thing to ensure a sharp picture is to have a steady hand. The latest cameras now have built-in stabilizers, allowing some tolerance for your movement. But, when your hand isn’t steady in taking pictures even with this functionality, upon close observation on a large screen, you will still see blurry effects on them. Another way to control this is by using a tripod.

Shooting in soft light

Most beginners think that the best time to take pictures is during a full daylight, when in fact it’s the other way around. Direct sunlight can actually ruin your pictures. It can cause harsh shadows, overexposure and loss of detail. Go take pictures at dawn, dusk or right after/before a rain shower. If you just need to shoot during full daylight, never shoot with the sunlight behind or in front of you; shoot your photo with light from the side.

Using ISO

ISO is a camera setting that determines film speed. This simply means that the higher ISO you set, the more light comes in. This means that when you have to take pictures in dark settings, you have to increase ISO in order to capture more light. Although this also has another implication, which is adding noise into your images, which are difficult to remove. Therefore, keep your ISO low and increase it slightly when shooting in dark settings.





Shutter speed

Low shutter speeds are helpful in getting sharp pictures of mobile objects. You can also alter the shutter speed settings in order to produce a more experimental picture such as capturing fireworks. Also, shutter speed instantly increases in dark settings.

When to use Automatic Mode

The automatic mode is the completely automatic setting of your camera, where it sets the shutter speed and the aperture for you depending on what you shoot. The best time to use the Automatic Mode is when you aren’t certain about what you’ll shoot. For example, when shooting things which are rapidly changing so that you don’t have any time to manually set the camera, choose this mode.

Keeping things simple

It is frequently better to keep subjects simple and not to try to capture everything at once. Complex background can actually ruin your photo. Shooting crowds also is another example, where they are complex, uninteresting and can’t give a clear message.