Photography plays a huge role in helping you create exciting content for your Spotlit channel. Not only is photography fun, but also allows you to tell a story and express yourself visually for all to see
With photography being bold and diverse, it could take a lifetime to learn everything. Which is why we’re here to provide you with essential digital photography tips to help you get started
Know Your Camera
Cameras come in various shapes and sizes. So if you switch from one camera to the next you’re probably making things more difficult for yourself. Stick with one camera and learn the ins and outs. Build up your muscle memory by getting to know where all the buttons are and understand what each function does. Brands like Nikon and Canon often have similar button placements with each model so it may be worth sticking to one manufacturer so you feel more familiar with your next camera.
It’s worth going out there and trying new things. There is a lot of opportunities to take photos on either your camera or smartphone. There are all sorts of different types of photography, wedding photography, macro photography, the list goes on. Find what’s best for you and keep at it.
Take your time
No one ever gets the perfect shot in one try. It takes a lot of practice and patience to get the picture you want. Instead of slamming the shutter button, think about how you want to compose your shot. Check that the lighting is balanced and that your camera settings match the environment. As long as you’re persistent and take your time, you’ll eventually get the perfect photo.
Being a social platform primarily focused on photography, we encourage you to do as much photography as possible. This will provide more content for your fans along with adding more experience to your photography skills. Enjoy yourself!
Shoot in manual mode
While there’s nothing wrong with your camera doing all the work for you with its vast array of auto modes, manual node gives you so much more control. This mode lets you manually control your shutter speed, aperture and ISO.
All three settings work together in changing the overall look of your photos. Mastering these three settings will allow you to get more creative and enables you to pull off some snazzy looking tricks
Rule of thirds
This is something that every photographer should learn. This will help you create structured and interesting shots. With this technique, you mentally break up the image into thirds, both horizontally and vertically. This will give you a 9 section grid.
The idea is to place all points of interest within the 9 sections of the grid. This will help set your composition and in turn, result in esthetically pleasing images. To help learn this technique, most digital cameras come with a grid display which will give you a visual representation of the rule of thirds.
Check your background
It’s something we forget to check but backgrounds are a key element to taking great-looking pictures. As most of our focus is on the subject, it’s very easy to forget what’s in the background. It’s usually during later inspection where you often find unwanted objects and oddities that distract the viewer’s attention in an otherwise great looking image.
A great way to improve your photography is to make sure that the background is clear and simple so that the subject is always the point of interest. If you want to get creative, try applying some depth of field so that the background is slightly out of focus, bringing greater detail to the subject in the foreground.
Shop smart – the equipment can get expensive
Photography is expensive hobby to get into. Not only is a camera a large investment but the gear can cost you a pretty penny. A new lens can cost from $200 – $3000 and with that you have to think about the other expenses such as a light diffuser, flashgun, carrying ease and so much more.
While it’s tempting to buy everything brand new, there is no harm in buying something that’s used. Because of how valuable each piece of equipment is, most people do their best to look after their gear properly. As long as you do your research and know the item is in good condition, buying second hand can be a smart move.
Invest in tripod
Speaking of equipment, it’s definitely worth purchasing a tripod. This will stabilize your camera and is essential for low light photography. This is one of the cheaper pieces of equipment and you will be thanking us for suggesting it.
Shoot in RAW
If you want the sharpest picture possible, shoot in RAW Not only do the images look crisper but it also provides you information on how the picture was taken e.g. camera model, ISO, shutter speed, etc. This is useful information that can help you achieve consistent shots and enables you to edit the image using RAW editing software. This is particularly useful as you can easily adjust brightness and color settings to help make your images stand out. Just be aware that this would take up more space on your SD card than regular JPEG images.