Making Digital Photography Easy
Whether it’s the business of photography or a personal fad, digital photography seems to have taken over as far as taking pictures is concerned. Film seem to be well on its way to being consigned to history. However, the changeover has been so quick that not many know exactly what digital photography is all about. This article will give you information about the basics of digital photography. Let’s take a look at some of the terms and parts associated with digital photography.
Digital photography is all about pixels and resolution. A pixel is a minute part of a digital picture and in each photograph you will have millions of them. It is the number of pixels present that determine the resolution of the picture. The more the pixels, the better the resolution and the better the quality of the picture. Cameras that produce pictures with more pixels are better and higher priced. So you would get cameras of one mega pixel or more. Needless to say, one that comes with 4 mega pixels will give you much better picture quality.
Then you have the dots per inch or dpi which is the number of dots that the printer or the computer monitor has. So if you were to print the picture on a laser printer which has a higher dpi, you obviously get better quality.
The format to save pictures in a digital format is JPEG or the joint photographic experts group. The digital files in a camera are stored in what are known as memory cards. These are available in various capacities and sizes and it would do well to buy one that stores a lot more.
Before you take a picture, you like to be able to see what it is you are getting. This is where the liquid crystal display or the LCD helps. It’s what helps you view a picture before capturing it.
There, those are the basic terms when you talk about a digital camera. Now let’s look at a few basic tips on how to handle the camera.
A beginner should know how to handle a camera, how to take pictures during the day and the night, how to do outdoor as well as indoor shots.
First things first – do pay attention to the subject. Make sure you spend time framing the shot. You can experiment of course and take a few so you see how they look. Try to place the subject slightly off center rather than bang in the middle of the picture. You can try close-ups as well. This brings out the features of the subject very clearly. While landscapes can be very nice, close-ups have a charm of their own too.
If you can manage it, make use of a tripod. Just a little shake and the picture can get ruined. It is important to keep the camera absolutely steady. You could just go from bad pictures to great ones by using a tripod so do try it out.
To get good shots, you need to go looking for them. You need in short, to be active. So go climb that hill, go down that valley and click away from unusual angles. You will be surprised how different the ordinary looks when you just vary the angle a bit.
It does do most people a lot of good to join a class. You will have an expert teaching you and that makes all the difference. You could maybe do it online as well but somehow the personal touch in this area is a great advantage.
It takes a long while to become a photographer and to take pictures that show up well. You just need patience and a lot of practice.