A Beginner's Guide to Digital Photography

MatthewA By MatthewA, 11th Sep 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Digital photography is an art, and you can take some great photos thanks to more advanced cameras which are certainly an enhancement on former film based cameras of old. To get started you'll need to have a basic digital camera, and that's about it! Then you can get clicking, but before you do there are a few things worth noting.

Which camera?

There are a few types of cameras which can range from digital compacts to DSLR. The digital compact cameras are the smaller and more basic models that are most suitable for those not familiar with digital cameras. While they may not have a comparable image resolution as the more advanced DSLR models, they are still a better alternative for a first camera.

Although not strictly a digital camera, mobile phones can also have small cameras included with them. However, these cameras are usually only very basic and have minimal technical specifications compared to full digital cameras. So, it cannot be said that they are a good alternative.

You may note that the cameras have a range of specifications listed. There are quite a few of these, but the image resolution and optical zoom are two that are worth noting. The higher the image resolution figure the sharper and more detailed the photos will be, and if the model has a higher optical zoom figure then you will be able to zoom in more with the lens for close up photos. If the camera includes video options a movie mode specification may also be listed. Also check out what will come included with the camera, such as USB cable (for connecting with USB slot), CD – ROM etc.

Make sure that you have a compatible memory card for your camera so you can take lots of photos. They may or may not come included. These can come in a range of sizes, and they slot into the camera like the battery.

Taking the Photos

With a basic compact digital you can then take some photos. Firstly, you'll need a suitable and effective subject. Architectural photography can capture buildings and towers such as the Eiffel Tower or Leaning Tower of Pisa, or you can instead take photos of landscapes such as beaches and parks.

Whatever you photo, they will be either landscape or portrait photos. The difference here is that a portrait photo will require that the camera is rotated 90 degrees so that the camera is vertical. You'll probably take most photos as landscape photos, but remember that you can rotate the camera for a portrait.

As mentioned, most cameras also include zoom options in which you can zoom in further. This can also be handy. When zoomed in there will be less of a background. This will also enlarge the subject.

Your digital camera may also have best shot options. A best shot option is a specific shooting configuration. For example, your camera may include best shot options such as sunset, night, sport, retro, fireworks, flowers etc. As such, you can select those options to configure the camera for a specific photo such as a firework display. So if your camera has a good range of best shot options, select one that best matches the photo.

Photo Editing

You can also edit your digital photos. You can do this with digital photography software such as GIMP or Adobe Photoshop. Digital editing software can have a range of options for your photos so that you can resize them, crop them, add text, convert to black and white and more besides. You may also be able to add a range of effects that could also further enhance the photo. The more advanced editing software packages have lots of options, although more basic freeware software packages can also provide some of their options.

To edit your images, you'll need to have a USB cradle or cable. Then, when this is connected to desktop or laptop you can select the photos to save to your picture folder. When they are added they can then be opened with the software package.

Photo Development

To develop your photos, you can do so at a photo kiosk. You can find a photo kiosk at Boots, or other photography outlets. If you input your storage card into the kiosk, you can then select which photos to have developed. They can be a variety of sizes, but standard size is more like 4 x 6 inch, otherwise 10 x 15 cm.

It's also worth noting that there are various options for photo development. For example, you can have your photo printed on t-shirts, mugs or on your own calendar. Check the kiosk's options for further details.

Now you can get started with your digital camera. And of course, there are a variety of websites and resources that can provide more detailed guidelines and tips for digital photography.


Camera, Digital Photography, Photo Editing

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Matthew is the author of the book Battles of the Pacific War 1941 - 1945. You can find further details at http://battlesofthepacificwar.blogspot.co.uk/.

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