Take Pictures You Are Proud To Show Off

Hopefully some of the tips and hints in the article below can help you with how to start.

1) If you want to take good black and white pictures, the most important thing to do is to understand the subtlety on how to play with light and shade. A good place to start when learning about light and shade is to get a book specifically geared at black and white photography. After that you will have to practice until you become happy with the results you achieve, in these days of digital cameras at least you don't have the expense of wasting rolls and rolls of film!

2) Keeping your batteries charged will help you never miss the shot of a lifetime. Digital cameras can use a lot of power, especially when using the LCD screen, so make sure your batteries are fully charged before needing to use the camera. Another good idea is to carry a set of spare batteries for your camera with you so that you never miss a shot.

3) To take the best possible pictures in low light situations, it is important that you decrease the aperture or sometimes called the f/stop setting. When you do this, it opens the aperture as wide as it can which in turn allows as much light as possible to pass through when capturing the picture. (More on aperture later in the piece.)

4) Taking pictures in low light can be a little bit tricky because they do tend to blur. When taking a picture in low light, try to make sure that your hands are as steady as possible. You may even want to rest them on something as you take a picture. Ideally consider using a tripod.

5) When doing a photo shoot, take a lot of pictures. With digital cameras and computers you can take a huge amount of pictures. You'll have a better chance of getting good photos when you take more. And if you get bad ones, all you have to do is hit delete button to get rid of them.

6) When you are just starting out in photography, one important thing that you have to do is to understand white balance or otherwise known as the colour of the light in your photographs. Every type of light produces a shade of colour and to get the proper look in your photos, you need to be sure to use the proper lighting.

7) When you are trying to capture that perfect panoramic shot, it is important that you use a tripod. The tripod will help you take a few steady shots of the view you want to capture. Later on this will make it easier for you to piece it all together to get that panoramic view.

8) If you want to become a serious photographer, you need a DSLR camera. A DSLR is a Digital Single-Lens Reflex camera, which provides the best method for seeing your subject immediately as the photo is taken. Preferably, you want a full-frame DSLR, which will provide the biggest image sensor and the most detailed photos.

9) If you’re taking several pictures to be pieced together into one bigger photo, for example if you want a panoramic view, make sure that you turn off the auto focus on your camera. If you do not do this, as you move your camera to take the different shots, the auto focus will automatically adjust. Instead you want to take the pictures with just one focus setting.

10) Many digital cameras nowadays actually have a setting for red-eye reduction. One of the worst things that can happen to a good picture is the subject has red-eye, ruining an otherwise perfect picture. If you have a setting, turn that feature on first, then snap your shot, and hey presto, no red-eye!

Shutter Speed

When you are in a situation where you want to take some photos in low light, it is important that you increase the shutter speed on your camera. By doing this, it will help prevent your pictures from getting a blurry look. If you have a camera with a wide angle lens, you might not have to use too fast of a speed.

Find the right combination between shutter speed, aperture and ISO. These three features determine the exposure of your picture. Avoid over-exposed pictures or under-exposed ones, unless you are looking for a particular atmospheric shot. Experiment with these features to find out how they interact with each other and what kind of combination you like to use.


Learn the apertures of the camera and understand how they are used. The aperture varies the amount of light allowed to travel through the lens which expands and contracts to allow this light to pass through. The more light that is allowed to travel through the lens, more objects in the photo will be in focus. The less light allowed through, the focus will shift to only focusing on objects in the foreground.

For that perfect photo, pay attention to depth-of-field! Practice shooting photographs using differing apertures and note how the different settings affect your final image. A smaller depth-of-field is useful for focusing attention on a single element, such as a portrait shot of a person or pet. The background will appear blurry, making the subject stand out. A greater depth-of-field is great for landscapes, keeping the entire frame in focus and allowing the eye to take in the full effect.

Finishing touches

The camera never lies! The camera might well never lie, but the finished photograph certainly can. These days, you can digitally improve your photos with software. This can mean learning the basics of programs like Photoshop. While you should not totally rely on these software programs, you can definitely improve the shots you actually take. After all, you can only control the environment so much when taking your photos.

There is no secret to becoming a good photographer. Keep taking pictures and gain experience. You do not have to develop all your pictures or keep them, especially with the digital format. You will become better as you take pictures of everything you see and judge them later to see where you could have taken a better picture.