Guidelines for Digital SLR Photography - Beginners

Photography is a hobby not everybody is gifted with. As said, there is always a room for improvement. If it happens you bloomed and learned late about your great interest towards photography, or apparently you must have received a Digital SLR camera on your birthday, it’s never too late to say never to loving photography.

Here are some guidelines or tips for photography beginners on their way to achieve professionalism on the same field.

1. Camera manuals are purposely attached to guide the buyer of the SLR camera with whatever query might come in future use. Take the manual like your best buddy. Learn often things written on it. Be careful not to lose it by keeping it to a handy bag or a special place you are assured of not losing it.

2. To refrain from your actual lens from scratching, you need to buy a UV filter for each lens you own to replace easily scratched lens filter.

3. You should learn how to use basic camera settings. Basic SLR camera settings include ISO setting, aperture opening and shutter speed.

-   To have a better quality of photos, you need to maintain a 100 ISO setting. If your hand seems to be shaky in taking pictures, the picture might be blurry. It  would be best to maintain 150 ISO setting during night time.  

- A fast shutter speed is best suggested if you would like to take fast moving scenes. This way, the shutter opens and closes quick, making the exposure easily caught on camera. Static shots are used otherwise. These are shutter speeds to be used in picture-taking for moving objects: 1/1000s, 1/500s, 1/250s.

- For aperture openings, the photographer must know that it functions to take a        sharp image which depends greatly on the type of the layout of the picture. There are two sizes for aperture openings, the small aperture opening and the large aperture opening. Small aperture opening which is used in taking landscape shots have the following recommended sizes: f/16, f/11 and f/8. While large aperture opening which is used in taking portrait images have the following suggested sizes: f/2, f/2.8 and f/4. Mainly, the function of this is having the focused object of the shot emphasized due to the blurring of the backdrop. This feature is known to be the most loved among photographers.

4. Strong tripod and a remote release are also necessary for photography other than UV     filters during shoots requiring long shutter speeds.

5. It is never advisable to change lens outdoors, especially on windy seasons. The lens could be dusty. Dust can affect the camera’s sensor. Even better, change lens indoors before you leave your house.

6. You may struggle for shaky shots at first. Using fast shutter speed can help. Using this feature could lessen the possibilities of taking blurry shots. Another tip to avoid camera shakes are holding the camera close to your body or resting on the camera on an object. You may also lean on a tree to minimize camera shaking.

7. When taking pictures, it is preferable to always press down the shutter button halfway before taking the final shot. This technique is used to have a preview of the image you are taking. Often, clear photos result from pre-focusing.

Having these guidelines would surely help digital SLR photography beginners in making their way to professional photographers. However, you should bear in mind that a professional photographer’s identity comes from experimentation. Be free in making your unique ways of taking shots as you see the difference of each and point out your personal style in making images out of digital SLR camera.