Photography Camera Advice

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Photography Camera Advice for Beginners

Taking a good photograph with a professional camera is not as simple as people think. Am I holding the camera correctly? What camera settings do I use? Perhaps you recently purchased a digital camera or are planning to buy one. Would you like to know how to operate your camera before traveling on vacation? Would you like to be prepared to take good photographs of your family members before the holidays? Let us examine some vital photography camera advice for beginners.

How should I hold a photography camera?

Hold the camera with both your hands. Grip the camera with your right hand and use your left hand to support the camera weight by placing your left hand under the lens. Properly holding your camera will prevent images from blurring. If you have trouble keeping your camera steady, try holding it closer to your body. Lean against a wall or crouch with your knees touching the floor for balance and stability. If you do not have anything to lean on, try a wide stance to avoid shaking the camera. It is advisable to secure your camera with a strap to avoid accidentally dropping your camera.

What photography camera file format should I use?

Get familiar with your camera’s instruction manual. Most inexperienced photographers will use the automatic setting to capture photographs. It is understandable to rely on this setting when you are just starting, but challenge yourself by taking time to learn how to take better and more detailed photographs with your professional camera. If your camera can shoot in raw format, then try doing so.

“When an image is captured in a digital camera, it is recorded as raw data. If the camera format is set to JPEG, this raw data is processed and compressed before it is saved in the JPEG format.” Raw images are not compressed and capture much more detail than JPEG images. Remember that raw photographs will require more space on your memory card.

What is the photography exposure triangle?

The exposure triangle refers to the relationship between aperture, ISO, and shutter speed controls that photographers use to create high-quality photographs.

The lens aperture blades control how much light enters the camera lens. On a digital camera, “[t]he amount of light that reaches your camera’s image sensor will determine what the exposure looks like.”  The f-stop, focal length of a lens, measurement refers to how wide a camera lens opens when shooting a photograph.

The ISO measurement describes the sensitivity to light on the camera. “A lower ISO value means less sensitivity to light, while a higher ISO means more sensitivity to light.” When you are in a setting with minimal light, you want your ISO level to be high. However, this can create noise or grainy quality in your photographs. If you desire to photograph landscapes, consider a low ISO setting to prevent an over-exposure.

Shutter speed describes the length of time your camera lens remains open when capturing an image. “A faster shutter speed, like 1/1000th of a second, has the effect of freezing motion, while a slower shutter speed, like 1/60th, will blur motion in a scene.”

Before you purchase a camera, find out if it shoots in the raw format and what kind of aperture, ISO, and shutter speed settings are available on the camera and lens.

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About Joey Hinojosa

Joey Hinojosa graduated with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism and a master's degree in mass communications. He began working at Empower Brokerage in early 2022 and enjoys being creative in his writing, photography, videography, and other projects.

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