Compared to all other forms of art, photography will require training and some natural talent mixed together. Don’t be discouraged if you feel you weren’t born with a natural talent to be a photographer. If you have the willingness to learn some of the techniques used by professionals, you can make your own way and create your own style.
Be picky about what will end up in the picture. Imagine your camera is a tiny window focused in on just one component of your subject. Don’t try to put everything into a single frame. To give a general impression of a subject, take a different pictures and organize them in a series rather than trying to capture everything in one picture.
Often a photographer will be so concerned with a landscape background that he neglects the details in the foreground. However, this is the first place the viewer’s eye will land. You can maximize the appearance of depth and create a more vivid frame by composing the foreground to make these things happen.
Always make sure you have a fully charged battery before any special event or when you are planning on using the camera. The LCD screen on a digital camera can eat a lot of battery power, so put freshly charged batteries in the camera before you need to use it. You should also carry spare batteries so that you can avoid missing a photograph opportunity.
Take pictures of little things when traveling. Some things may seem unimportant at the time you shoot the photo, but when you return home, every photograph will help recreate memories and ambiance. Whether it is a laughable street sign or the stub of a bus ticket, every picture will have memories associated with it.
If you are unable to develop your negatives often, make sure you have a memory card large enough to store all of your photos. Optimizing your storage capacity will ensure that you do not waste time changing memory cards or choosing shots to delete during a session. An added benefit of a larger memory card is that you will be able to shoot in RAW (if your camera has this capability). The RAW format preserves more details than JPEG and allows for a lot of flexibility once you get into post-production.
Find the right combination between shutter speed, aperture and ISO. These three features are what determine your photo’s exposure. Unless you are shooting for an artsy, atmospheric result, try to avoid under- or over-exposed photos. With a little experimentation, you can strike the right balance between the 3 settings to deliver the results you want.
As you should now know, you have the ability to become a successful photographer. There is much more to great photography than just pointing and clicking at subjects. Taking a good picture involves recognizing an interesting photograph even before it’s taken.