I’m a big lover of photography. At the age of 18 I had a growing obsession with the world of photography and tried my best to learn what I could in my spare time. Photography has always been one of those things that for me I could never grow bored of, its always been more of a hobby than a money earner as I’d hate to fall out of love with it and feel pressured as I have done in the past! I’m always finding prime opportunities to get my camera out, especially when the kids are enjoying themselves! Just like blogging, photography will always be something I enjoy and can use practically as a skill in nearly any context. Blogging and photography go hand in hand (probably why I love it so much), Its great that I’ve been able to show off my work through the use of my blog and I’m aware its a skill that more and more people are beginning to fall in love with.
Choosing a camera can be really quite confusing and difficult for most, with so much choice I can totally understand and relate! For example my camera only shoots stills as I don’t tend to shoot video very often, but if you wanted the perfect all rounder camera that shoots stills, videos and can be used in a variety of weather conditions taking a look at the Panasonic CSC Camera might just be what you’re looking for! I always find it helpful going to a professional photography store where I can ask for advice and play around with the models they have available before making my choice, and I highly recommend it!
I very often have people compliment me on my photography and ask for tips/pointers so I thought it would be really helpful and beneficial to write a little bit about photography basics. These are the basics that took my work from 0-100 aesthetically and in my opinion are the most important to learn and understand! I hope they’ll be able to help you have a better understanding of your camera and photography so you can create those photos you’ve always wanted!
The 3 most important settings you’ll need to learn to use on your camera are the shutter speed, the aperture and the ISO settings. All three when used correctly will allow you to take the perfect photo, they also have something in common, they each determine how much light is let into the lens when shooting so they should all be used conjunctively.
This is the most common and most obvious setting when changing how bright or dark your photos will come out. The smaller the shutter speed the more light that will be let in. For example on a very sunny day I’ll use a much higher shutter speed so that the photo isn’t over exposed! Shutter speed also does something else to your photos, it allows you to be quite arty with your shots. For example A higher shutter speed will give you a still photo, however if you wanted to capture movement of say water or lights you’d use a smaller shutter speed like 1/15 that can capture the movement thats happening.
The left photo was taken with a shutter speed of 1/15 the right was taken with a shutter speed of 1/160
This is a setting that is really very easy to use and its also the setting that everyone admires when looking to achieve a clean, professional edge to each photo. The aperture gives your photos a depth of field, this is when an object/person is in focus whilst the background is nice a blurry making the focused object really stand out, of course this works the same way with blurring the foreground and having a further back object in focus. You’ll find the aperture function on your camera will start with an F, i.e. F2.8. To achieve a blurred background you want your F number to be low, its good to know at this point that some lenses only go so low on the aperture front. The smaller the F number the larger the aperture and the more light you’ll allow into the lens, this could potentially over expose your photos so you should change your settings where necessary.
The left photo was taken with an aperture of F10, the photo on the right was taken with an aperture of F2.8
Not to be confused with an IOS update is the third but easiest setting you’ll have to get to grips with. Your cameras ISO is basically like a quality filter, the higher the number the more sensitive it is to light which is perfect for low light situations. The thing with ISO is that the higher the number you go the grainier your photo will become and so the quality of the overall photo is compromised. The good thing is that with most cameras there is an auto option on the ISO function and this is what I tend to do when using mine.
The photo on the left has a lower ISO than the photo on the right that has a high ISO if you look closely you’ll notice the difference in the grain.
Knowing what you know now, I recommend going away with your camera and experimenting with each setting in different environments, for example use your camera indoors and then try outdoors. This will give you a good understanding of each setting and how they like to be used. You’ll also be able to experiment by finding your own individual style with the use of each setting.