Some of us are less than professionals when it comes to digital photography. Each of us will be in a different level of experience and knowledge.
In this thread, please take a few minutes to share tips to help improve digital photography. This can be basic info as well as a little more advanced. Oftentimes, this is one of the first questions someone may ask if they are lacking in creating quality pictures digitally.
Thanks for sharing your tips!
Here are a few simple, yet effective tips to get us started:
1. Take the time to learn - read online articles, read offline resources, set time aside to learn on a regular basis
2. Shoot more photographs - the more you shoot the better you can become
3. Apply new knowledge in future sessions - try to apply simple things you have learned (use new skills)
Now, what other ideas do you have to share?
My approach to self-learning in digital photography is:
1. I choose a subject that I want to shoot (Example - Milkyway, Star trails, Golden Gate bridge, a festival etc)
2. I do a little research about the subject (Example - Places to shoot it from, timing of the day etc)
3. I hunt for different modes or settings I should try to achieve a particular result (Example - f/stop values, ISO values, long or short exposures etc)
4. I try to see if there is a forum where I can post a question or get myself some more tips before heading out to actually shoot the photo
5. Try to connect with interested photographers around me for company
These are some basic steps I take before even going out and doing a photo shoot.
Once I have the photos, I try to see and find different editing techniques online and try and apply couple of them and come up with different variations of the same photo.
I then try and promote it online requesting for feedback to check what I could have done better.
Great ideas and thoughts!
I am interested in landscape photography. Before I go to a place I don't know, I google the name of the place then use 'images' to see what photos have been taken in the area by other people. I also use google maps with the little orange man to 'wander' about and see what can be seen from where. It reduces the amount of time taken to find the best viewponts, and saves my 73 year old legs!
Here's how I learned photography.
1. Read the manual that goes along with the camera, If none search in youtube or any search engine for any manual specifically for your camera brand and model. This will let you know more how to use your camera and its functions properly. Also know about the different use of lenses.
2. Study the pros and cons of each mode.
3. Learn more on creating a composition to guide you creating one.
4. Experiment and shoot anything that give you interest and what lens you have right now.
5. Share your photos in any social networking or particularly Shuttertalk (more related to photography) and let other critique your photos to learn from other view or opinions.
6. Never stop shooting from whats keeping your interest in