The Importance of Learning Professional Digital Photography
|January 10, 2013||Posted by Photo GearHead under Photography Articles|
Sometimes it’s wonderful when technology in a certain field advances to the point that it opens up that field to the masses; other times, however, it is not so wonderful — at least, not for everybody in that field. This has been the case with photography for many years, but with the advent of digital photography, the masses now seem to believe they are all professionals. Fortunately, for the real professional photographers out there who have a great deal of experience and training, the masses are very wrong about this. Most people who go out and buy expensive digital photography cameras think that just because of that cute little window that shows them the photo they have just taken, somehow, they can never again take a bad photo. Again, they are very wrong about this, because that little window can be very deceiving.
Perhaps you have heard it said that the best thing about digital photography is that anyone can take easily take photographs, but in reality, the worst thing about digital photography cameras is that… anyone can easily take photographs. Taking photographs is one thing, but what you really want to do is take the best photographs possible, and that just cannot be done consistently by simply setting your camera on auto and clicking away. The best place for the general public to use digital cameras on auto setting is at informal gatherings where perfection is not a requirement.
For a non professional to take their brand new digital camera to their best friend’s wedding and promise them professional photography is just asking for trouble. You might luck out and manage to get a few acceptable photographs here and there, but the majority of the images are likely to be quite unworthy of such a special event in a person’s life. And, of course, it will not be possible to ask them to schedule a re-shoot, because capturing moments like that again is not possible. Once they happen, they happen. And, that’s the end of it. Occasions like these are precious moments and valuable memories for people who you love the most, so you must be honest with both them and with yourself — you must know that it is not just the camera that takes the picture, it is the photographer that takes the photograph. And, it is the knowledge and skill which that photographer has accumulated and developed that provides them with the know-how to make that camera take the best professional photographs possible.
Here are a few digital photography tips that you can put into action in order to increase the chances of your digital photography looking more like professional digital photography: First: All digital photography cameras have settings that allow you to change the resolution of the images they capture. Most people who aren’t experienced photographers tend to want to get the most shots on their camera as is possible. So, they choose to shoot their photographs on a low resolution setting. Unfortunately, while this might provide you with a blue billion shots before your memory card fills up, it will not give you the thousands of high quality of shots you will get from capturing your images with the highest resolution your camera is capable of. Keep your camera on high resolution at all times, because you never know when the next National Geographic worthy, front page shot might come along. Besides, high-capacity memory cards are relatively inexpensive these days. So, buy and carry spares with you!
Second: Use a tripod whenever you can. Just because you think you have the steadiest hands on the planet, does not mean you are perfect or that you will not be distracted at the crucial moment when you clicking that shutter. You can also use the tripod with your camera’s timer feature to get yourself in the shot as well. Whereas tripods used to be bulky and hard to carry around with you, today they are made from modern, light-weight materials and collapse down to the size of an umbrella. Many of them can even fit in a small pouch that can be carried on your shoulder. And, lastly: Most digital cameras come with a wide-angle lens. These are great for landscape photography, but not so much for close-ups and portraits as they tend to distort features and require you to quite close to your subjects in many situations. Therefore, get a telephoto lens, step back a little from the subject and zoom in for some amazing portraits shots!