Photography tips for absolute beginners

Olga Weis

While taking photos is relatively easy, taking good photos is not. More often than not we see something absolutely beautiful and rush to point our camera at it, press a button – and a second later we are presented with an image that has nothing to do with what we saw. There a lot of things to learn if you want to become good at photography, so here we compiled a list of photography tips and techniques you can make use of. While these are mostly photography tips for beginners, we hope even those who consider themselves a bit more advanced can benefit from them too.

  1. Exposure Triangle

    Comprised of Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO, it regulates the way the object is lit. We’ll provide you with brief intro to the subject, but make sure to study it in details, this is the key to your success as a photographer.

    • • Aperture is the size of the lens opening that affects the depth of field. The smaller the number such as f/2, f/5, f/11, the wider the aperture, the more light gets in.
    • • Shutter speed – the slower the shutter speed, the more light is let in. Faster speeds means that the motion will be frozen, while slower speed results in motion blur.
    • • ISO is the sensitivity to light. If you are in a dark room, set it higher, and if you are in a well-lit open space, the lower value will do.
  2. Rule of Thirds

    This is the basic rule of composition: divide your picture into thirds, so you have two horizontal and vertical lines. Your object of interest should be at any of the intersections of these lines.

  3. Try a different prospective

    An unusual angle, maybe? Come closer or step away from the object. You’ll be surprised at how much difference it can make.

  4. Process pictures

    Yes, we are also against tricking and heavy airbrushing. What we are talking about here is subtle editing with the help of a good Mac OS X image editor that will allow your images to remain natural.

Practice makes perfect, so take a lot of pictures

Go out with your camera early morning, late afternoon, in the evening, try different locations, take pictures of people, pets, landscapes keeping our photography tips in mind. Take time to go through other photo tutorials and over the time you will surely develop the sense of what makes a good picture and what does not.

Last but not least – you’ll need a good Mac image editor. In the beginning it might not be required to use a professional application, you might get overwhelmed with the number of options and tools it offers. Try something simpler perhaps, ideally a batch image editor that will allow processing multiple images at a time. When it comes to image editing software Mac owners love to use PhotoBulk. This image editor for Mac allows processing pictures in bulk – you can resize, optimize, watermark and rename hundreds of pictures in one go. This will save you lots of time and effort.

PhotoBulk

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