A group of ideas on how to start photography, makes a great beginning point for a new photographer to learn how to take really good pictures. This is just such a collection that will, hopefully, assist the eager novice into eventually, becoming a professional photographer.
Different locations and lighting situations call for varying shutter speeds to produce the best results. With developed skills, you can stop the action, extend it in a creative montage, or bring special feature into focus. When photographing objects in motion, use a fast shutter speed. Slower shutter speeds are ideal for photographing landscapes and still life.
When you are photographing nature, steer clear of taking photos that include a sky that is overcast. Your photo will look washed out if you have too much gray sky in it. A black and white photo might work best if you have to shoot an overcast sky. Blue skies look magnificent in photographs; however, you will still need to take light into consideration.
When shooting pictures on an overcast day, avoid capturing the sky in the image. Showing too much gray sky in photos will make pictures appear muted. If you cannot exclude the overcast sky from your shots, you may want to consider taking black and white photos. A clear blue sky is always lovely in a photo, but adjust your settings to account for bright light.
Keep your camera settings simple. Learn to master one portion of the control, such as aperture or shutter speed, before you worry about the next. This method will let you focus on taking the picture rather than wasting time messing with your camera, which will cause your subject to leave.
It is important to give your photos depth when capturing landscapes. Get a sense of scale by having a person or object placed in the foreground. Choosing an aperture that is small — no larger than f/8 on a consumer level digital camera or f/16 on an SLR using a full-frame sensor — will keep everything from the background to the foreground sharp.
The camera settings should be kept simple. Master one feature, such as shutter speed or aperture, one at a time. This allows you to just focus on taking photos instead of messing with the camera functions so long that you miss out on the picture.
It is a common misconception that a sunny day is perfect for photos. In reality, taking photos in the direct sun is one of the easiest ways there is to ruin an image. Bright sunlight casts awkward shadows and over exposes areas of the image. It can also cause your subjects to close or squint their eyes which looks unnatural. Early mornings or the evenings are ideal when doing an outdoor shoot.
With a little luck, the ideas here will help you start to take better quality pictures. The tips above were hand-picked to guide beginning photographers toward the skills they need to really succeed in the field.