Beginning Photography

I remember my first beginning photography class. It was around 1996 at the community college. Digital cameras were just starting to make their way onto the market. Back then, everything was done on film. Learning what the settings on the dial meant, learning composition and then finally developing my own film was exciting and each week, I could not wait to get back to class.

Fast forward to today. While beginning photography classes at the community college are still run the same way, today’s digital cameras require just a bit of different instruction than learning the old film way. Many of the fundamentals of photography don’t change but there is a world of difference between the single lens reflex film cameras and today’s high-tech digital SLRs.

If you are ready to get started in beginning photography and you have a digital camera, here is my advice for finding the best instruction:

Find a course or book that focuses only on beginning photography. The course should focus mostly on topics such as the camera’s parts, simple composition, and proper exposure. I have seen many books and courses branded as “beginning photography” only to lose focus and discuss philosophy and techniques only Ansel Adams could understand. Being overwhelmed with T.M.I. (too much information) can be discouraging and unproductive.

Spend some time asking advice on internet forums that focus on photography. The people that post on forums have been where you have been and are happy to give you referrals and even advice on how to use your camera.

Last, don’t spend a lot of money. If your goal is just to learn how to use your digital camera and how to take a better photo, there are many books and courses that can show you how to do just that for very little money. Some courses, while very thorough, can run up to $1000 or more but they will also teach the business side of photography as well.

Things to Keep in Mind When Doing Outdoor Fashion Photography

Outdoor fashion photography is a big hit in the shooting world and the reasons are innumerable. All you need is a good location and your creativity. An outdoor photo shoot means you do not need a personal studio and lights. Although, it might seem easy, the factors that govern your photography in an outdoor setting have a huge impact on the work you do. There are a few things you should be aware of as a photographer to make your photo shoot effective.

While a good looking model and state of the art camera equipment’s are the two mandates, there are a few more points you need to consider.

1. Explore and be familiar with the location
The location that you choose for your shoot will be the first factor that determines the effectiveness of your work. Scout the location a day prior to the shoot and see how exactly can you use it to the fullest. It is even better if you click a few pictures of the places you seem are perfect for clicking.

Following this practice before your next photo shoot will give you the upper hand and you will save a lot of time on the final day. It is good to join photography workshops once in a while to keep up with the happenings in the market and also refine your skill level. Not only this, such tips and tricks are the biggest bonus you will have.

2. Pay attention to the time of your shoot
Once done with the location, it is time to pay heed to the time you want to click the pictures. It is crucial to choose the right time of the day. However, it all depends on your preference of light and how you want your photos to be.

According to a lot of photographers, the best times are just after sunrise or two hours before the sunset. On a cloudy day, the light would be soft and the contrast for the background would be less compared to other days. If you wish to capture photos with diffused light, you can definitely go ahead.

3. Choose the right background
Selecting the right background takes a while. Gauge the place and then visualize your fame. Make sure the colors are in contrast and your subject is not getting camouflaged. Your model should always be in the highlight. With the right photography classes you can learn to understand how your surroundings can make or break the photos you click.

4. Put ambient and flash light to use
Step out of your comfort zone and try a new technique. Use ambient and flash light together to create different and unique effects. Use the sunlight as key light falling on your model and the flash to create a rim light effect.

5. Exposure
Exposure adjustment should always be done beforehand and not after during post processing. Doing so will give your photos sharpness and detail. A photography school is the perfect place to learn and grow yourself technically. Working with things like exposure, aperture handling etc will not be a task once you understand it and there is no one better than photography teachers to do it.