Digital Photography Lessons – The Key Elements for Building a Solid Foundation
If you are taking photography lessons
or looking around for some, then what will probably strike you at some point, is the fact that photography is far more complex and technical than you might have imagined.
Photography is one of the few areas where art and technology merge, although it has to be said, with ever developing technology, this statement is less and less the case. In fact, technology is making more forms of art open to many hobbyists and enthusiasts.
Photography covers such a wide range of areas that getting a hold on where you should start with your photography lessons can be a bit confusing, so what we're going to cover on this page are some different areas that will provide you with a solid foundation, and some basic creative additions.
Photography Lessons – The Technical Side
There are no two ways about it, without understanding the technical side of photography, and how your camera functions, you will find that getting any kind of photograph to look exactly like the way it does in your imagination will be a bridge too far.
I still remember when I first started taking photography lessons at college and my feelings at the time.
I had thought it was simply like one of the other creative subjects I had previously taken, and that it would be pretty easy for me;yet when I began the classes, I was hit by such a barrage of technical information that it made my head spin. It was a long while before I was actually able to get to grips with the technical side enough to enable me to take the kind of photographs I wanted to, and it'll probably be the same for you too.
If I had to break it down to what I consider to be the most important beginning photography lessons, then the first would be
Digital Camera Settings
. Without knowing how to use the settings on your dslr camera, and what they mean, then realistically you're not going to get very far at all. You have to take your camera off its automatic setting in order to be able to get the most creative and technically perfect photographs that you are looking for.
The second most important of the fundamental photography lessons has to be the
Digital Photography for Beginners: ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed Inter-play
. All these three functions of the camera, and arguably all the functions of any camera, are simply related to how the camera allows light to impact the digital sensor or film.
The potential uses of these three together are almost endless, and mastering their use will allow for almost total control over your final result, and I can't emphasize enough how important they are to learn.
Photography Lessons – What Are The Makings of a Technically Good Shot?
This is actually a question that isn't asked enough, yet professional photographers view other photographers' shots based on certain criteria, that if not met, will mean that the photographer has not fulfilled the requirements necessary for producing a 'technically good' photograph.
With the dawning of digital photography, and the ease of creating digital photographs, 'bad photography' has become more and more common place.
Now, I'm no snob when it comes to photography, but even I have to cringe sometimes when I see some of the photographs being put forward online as 'professional' photographs these days.
My former photography teacher who was a professional of some thirty years plus, was forever shooting me down for technical flaws in my photographs that I, at the time, never even realized existed. It took me a while, but I finally got the message, 'a creative photograph, is not equal to having fulfilled the technical requirements necessary for a professional level photograph.'
For more about how to create a technically good photograph see
Beginning Photography Tips
and scroll down the page near to the bottom.
Photography Lessons – Adding Creativity to the Mix
During the time you are getting the hang of your camera settings and integrating the ISO, aperture and shutter speed interplay into your digital photography so you can take a technically good image, you will probably want to begin to get a bit creative with your shots, and if you've already read about the above, you will probably already have some very concrete ideas as to what kind of effects you can achieve.
So, it's probably best to begin by being fully familiar with the various focal ranges (see:
Take Better Picture With Focal Ranges
) and the effects they are likely to have on your final creative result. Using various focal ranges and angles can really turn the most dull of subjects into an inspirational photograph.
In my mind and experience, there is no photographic subject on Earth that is dull, there are only photographers who don't know how to make it interesting and eye-capturing is all.
Digital Photography 101
to find out how to use shapes within your photography to add and enhance the interest and creativity in your photographs.
In truth, taking any kind of photography lessons should then lead to the practical application of the theory through a decent period of time. Try not to do what most people do and simply jump from one subject to the other without having mastered it first. You will reap the rewards through consistent application and practice, and it'll be well worth your while.
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