Today, digital photography is considered the most popular not only in the business industry but also for personal use. For all those who have shifted from film cameras, it is vital that you know the different terms related to it.
1. Pixel- means the tiniest part of the digital photo. A photo image is composed of combined millions of pixel.
2. Resolution- the over all quantity of pixels in a photo. Increasing the resolution would make the image become sharper. Thus more pixels are needed to achieve a better photo image quality.
3. Mega pixel- a photo composed of three to four mega pixels will have a better quality that a photo with only one mega pixel.
4. Dots Per Inch (DPI) – this term is used to describe quality of the computer monitor and printer. Specifically, laser printers have more dpi resolution than monitors. Hence, higher the dpi resolution means better quality.
5. JPEG (joint photographic experts group) – it correspond to the format for saving images in the digital camera.
6. Memory Card- this is where the digital files are stored. Memory cards consist of different sizes and capacity. A memory card with higher storage capacity would be more convenient to purchase.
7. LCD (liquid crystal display) – almost all digital cameras have this specification. The purpose of LCD is for the photographer to be able to view the scene first before capturing the photo.
Now that you know a bit more about the common terms used in digital photography, let’s talk about how to handle your digital camera to enhance the quality of your pictures.
Proper handling of a digital camera is the next important step in digital photography. Learning how a digital camera works, understanding the strategies in taking photos, and how to take indoor and outdoor pictures are all part of the things a beginner should learn.
1. Pay attention to the subject
One of the most fundamental digital photography tips: You should be able to compose carefully by working on the frame. Play with your camera, take your time, and explore the different shots. Walk around the object, the person or the plant, and imagine what the image will look like if you take the picture from this side or this side. Avoid positioning your object at the center of the photo if you can, try putting it on one side instead as it tends to add a little more drama to your photos.
2. Capture Close Up Photos
Take great images by capturing them in extreme close up. Try with some every day objects in the daylight, a simple fork and its shade on a white table, a few strawberries on the grass, a close-up of a flower, etc. Create your settings yourself, play with the light, focus on one object or plant and test, test, test.
Close up photos add a little creativity and excitement to the pictures (you can decide to give your objects an edge using light by creating some dark shadows, you can add some drama by make some other objects radiate in the light, ect ). Close up allows you to focus on something small and explore different options to create various settings. This feature would help you understand how to play with the different angles of an object and how to work with the light to enhance you photo.
3. Use a tripod
Oftentimes using your digital cameras resultsin blurry photographs if your hands quiver a little. Getting a tripod will surely save your effort from taking low quality photos, and preserve some great photos.
4. Be active
Try creative shots. Don’t be afraid to take your photos from the top of a hill, or from an unusual angle. Go outside and explore your environment. You’ll surely have fun taking those ‘once in a lifetime’ photo shots and this might expands your creativity and gives you some ideas as well.
5. Join a photography class
Your learning doesn’t only focus on the practical part. Learning from an expert would also help to improve your skills as a photographer. Try to join a photography class in your community, or check if there are any online classes you can log on.
Whatever you do, you just have to be resourceful and keep on trying new techniques. You can take great pictures without being a professional simply by learning more about the art of digital photography, and the more you learn and try, the better you’ll be at taking great pictures of your loved-ones, your surroundings or your pets.
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