Let's start with the basics
I just thought writing about something interesting, something that's seen anywhere. This article doesn't mean that I consider myself a pro; all things written here are based from extensive research that I have made. The moment that I practiced photography, I started reading articles that will help me broaden my knowledge about it; and I'm going to share them now. This is not a very detailed article that will teach you every single knowledge about the practice and all the techniques, but it will somehow give you the basics about photography. Hope this will be helpful especially to those who are just starting. Please enjoy yourself. :)
What is photography?
Photography, originated from the greek words photos that means light and graphos that means written, is an art or science of capturing images with the help of light; writing with light. Images are produced by recording light in a right exposure and focus. Photography is mostly used with a single lens reflex cameras where the photographer can control and fix the light coming inside the body. Well, that's a technical way of defining photography; but why don't we define it in such a way that everyone can easily comprehend and understand it?
Just like what I said in my other article about photography, anyone can be a photographer but not everyone can call themselves a professional photographer. Anyone can be a photographer, and that's true! Anyway, photography is also defined as the art of capturing moments. We all have the right to take photos of the moments we treasure because time cannot run backwards or counter-clockwise, unless it's broken. So to keep memories that cannot be repeated, why don't we just print it and keep it in a box. Sadly, not everyone can be called real or professional photographers. There are really some things that not all of us can do. Being a pro means learning and memorizing by heart the camera parts and their essence. It means getting to know the basics of lighting and exposures.
ISO- Is the indication of image sensor into light. An ISO key is commonly seen in a DSLR; it ranges in numbers like 100,200,400,800,1600, and 3200. The higher the ISO value, the higher the photo is sensitive to light; thus creating more noise. The lower the ISO value, the sharper the image will be produced.
Aperture- Is represented by letter f in your cameras. Aperture is like a path or hole where light enters. By the use of the "f numbers" you can now adjust the amount of light coming inside your cameras.
DOF- The depth of focus is a measure of how wide the range of focus you would like to capture or show in your image. By adjusting the focus manually, specific areas will appear sharper than its background.
Shutter speed- A shutter speed on the other hand defines how fast your shutter will close or how long it will stay open and expose to light. Shutter speed is important in capturing moving objects.
AF- Autofocus is a system in which a lens can automatically focus on the image you selected. But not all cameras or lens have the ability to autofocus.
Close-up shots- Close-up shots are sometimes mistaken as macro shots; but entirely different with it. Images with close-up shots are usually taken within two (2) to three (3) feet away from the object.
Exposure- Exposure is the quantity of light that you allowed to enter in your film. It is adjusted with the duration of time you let the light strike your piece.
Tripod- This is a device used to capture images that needs long exposure. Always remember that when you're into long exposures, camera shakes will tend to cause blur in your works. So to make your images look stable and sharper, use and bring a tripod anywhere possible.
Recommended SLR body for beginners
Most of the time, beginners focus more on the camera body than the basic terminologies that they should know and understand. But what really matters is how capable you are in understanding every part of your camera. Great images aren't merely based on the camera unit or how expensive and luxurious they look. Anyone can buy those expensive and professional camera units but for the beginners, it's not necessary to buy this kind of things. If you really wanted to learn photography, choose the unit that can make you comfortable at the same time easy to use. Those units will also come with lesser price value because the complicated the unit is, the more expensive it will be. Imagine all the features that professional units offers compared to those semi-pro units; doesn't they give more? Before buying a camera body, ask yourself first:
- Are you really going to use all the features this unit is offering?
- Do you have enough money to support your photography?
- Are you going to feel comfortable using this unit?
If I were to offer you a DSLR body, I'll go with these two regardless of the brands:
This unit is designed for beginners. Don't worry because like any other units, it can also help you in capturing great images with these key features:
- 14.2 megapixels
- 1080p high-definition video recording
- Image sensor cleaning
- 3.0" live view LCD monitor
- 100-3200 ISO
Just like the Nikon d3100, this unit is also good for beginners. It offers simple and basic keys that will help the beginners to easily get used to it. It offers key features like:
- 12.2 megapixels
- 720p video recording
- Dust control
- 100-6400 ISO
- 2.7" live view LCD monitor
Okay! I think that's now reasonable to start experimenting with your cameras. There are many extraordinary works of photography; sometimes those who doesn't know about long exposures and shutter speed will presume that those unique images are edited. but hey no! we can still produce astonishing photographs without the use of Photoshop. Anyway, that software and any other editing and enhancing software are just used to like what I say, enhance and save some photos that looks reasonable. But always remember that post processing photos can remove its true essence. What is beautiful to you may not be beautiful to others; as they say, too much is always distasteful.