Photography is an art and, therefore, one should learn the basics before taking on advanced photography. Most of the advanced photographers are not beginners; some have been taking photos for several years and continue to do so even after their entry level photography experience. So the secret lies in knowing what to do when the basics don’t go as planned.
If you haven’t spent some time learning photography fundamentals, now is the time to do so. The more you know about photography the better able you will be to develop your skills and a portfolio of your best photos. It will also allow you to recognize when to use digital cameras and when to shoot film, so that you can fully utilize the advantages of each method.
It’s easy to understand why it’s important to get a good start in photography by breaking down the most basic concepts. And it’s easy to realize that there are at least two fundamental concepts. By breaking them down we can get a better understanding of where to begin and how to proceed from there.
The first concept is that of “point and shoot” cameras. A point and shoot camera (such as a digital SLR) has a viewfinder, which is used to aim at the desired subject and to take a picture. The viewfinder will generally display either a white or black background depending on whether you are using a digital or traditional viewfinder.
The second concept to consider in photography is that of the concept of composing a photograph. By composing a photograph you are trying to make sure that the background is the correct size and shape for the subject. You must also think about positioning yourself so that the subject is looking directly at the camera.
This second concept is one of the most important when talking about digital photography. A photographer who understands this concept is much more likely to have an interesting and unique portfolio. Digital photography is often discussed with the idea that the photographer is supposed to simply “pop out” the shot, but by knowing the physics behind your pictures you can actually “stretch” the digital image to make the best shot possible.
Most of the questions about digital photography center around how to “pop out” an image. This is not necessarily a bad thing. However, if you do not understand the physics behind the process you may find it difficult to come up with a good composition.
As far as composition, digital photography is also about combining different backgrounds to create interest. It is also very important to consider the psychology of your subject. As far as psychology goes, when you understand the psychology behind the subject, you’ll be much more likely to take pictures that are more than just “the same thing over again.”
An example of a great image is a famous photo of an elephant eating some grass with a rather strange looking bird sitting on the elephant’s shoulder. By blending these two elements you create a photograph that is unlike any other.
Furthermore, the composition of a photograph can be manipulated to take different angles, create perspective, or alter lighting. These are all aspects of photography that are not normally taught as part of the basic concepts.
As you develop your new photography skills, remember that the most important things to focus on are the basics and the fundamentals. As long as you understand how these things work, you’ll be well on your way to developing a great photographic talent. Whether you are just starting out or are trying to refine your skills, it is always important to go through this process.