Professional Photography Tips For Newbies

As a beginner in photography, learning professional photography tips will greatly help speed up the learning process. You’ll effectively learn how to avoid the common errors and mistakes beginners make while learning techniques that take the average photo taker years to get at.

There are two aspects to professional photography tips that will be covered here. Both, however, fall under one very important “rule”. This rule is followed by professional photographers the same way devout religious folks follow their religion.

The rule is perfection.

Average viewers of art, such as photography, seem to think that great works are a result of talent. While talent does have some part, the greater part has to do with an obsession with perfection. And in photography, this perfection covers two aspects: visual composition and proper camera settings.

Visual Composition

Of all the digital photography tips, visual composition is the most useful for improving the way your photos look. Composition basically involves the way you place objects in the image and how you arrange the perspective.

There are many “Rules” to composition that have been established through the hundreds of years of artwork. Such examples include “rule of thirds”, “leading lines” etc. These rules are very useful for newbies first starting out at photography. They will help you find the right angles and place your camera in the right place.

Camera Settings

The next aspect to professional looking images is setting your camera right. No matter how properly composed your image, if it is blurry or excessively grainy from poor exposure choices it will be amateur at best.

As a beginner, the best solution is to start out with easier camera modes than full manual. If you have an SLR camera, try experimenting with aperture and shutter priority modes. Stay away from fully automatic modes as this mode is often the reason beginners have blurry photos.

The more control you have over the camera settings, the more you can reach that “perfectionism” that is sought after by the pro photographers. As you start out, try controlling individual things such as the aperture, ISO, shutter, etc. Once you get a grasp of each of these, try controlling them all at the same time.

When you get a solid grasp of both of these aspects of photography and can take clean looking images, the next step is to begin experimenting creatively. You can, of course, begin experimenting right now! However, realize that having technical limitations can limit your creativity if you do not know how to work around it.

Photo Editors – Picking Out The Winners

Choosing a Photo Editor – Which One is Best?

Choosing the right photo editor is a regular issue that can arise for many of us in such a technologically and digitally advancing age of today’s world and in particular for those involved in either photography or those who just have an interest in editing their digital photos before printing, emailing or posting their photos online. There is also the fact that there are hundreds if not thousands of photo editing applications out there with many features and it is important that you as the user, compare and evaluate each of the options and features in order to select the best application that will meet your needs and requirements.

As mentioned, there are many choices of software that are available for use when editing digital photos and these various types of software can be grouped into three main areas in order to make it easier for you to decide which is the most appropriate for your needs and requirements. The first category basically consists of Freeware, Promotional or Shareware products. The second category is the Consumer category, and thirdly there is the Professional category.

It is important to consider several questions when selecting a photo editing program. These include but are not limited to; how much you are willing to spend when selecting a program? Will you be able to learn how to use the software competently or will it be too advanced? When choosing a program how well does it edit and does it have all the features that you require? All are important considerations and if not applied appropriately when selecting a photo editor, can potentially lead to dissatisfaction with the product.

Adobe Photoshop has become well known by many as the industry standard in terms of photo and image editing software. The latest in the Adobe range include Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 and also Adobe Photoshop CS4 which are both some of the best photo editing software programs around. Photoshop can be quite an expensive program in particular the Photoshop CS4 version and for the average consumer or beginner this cost may be too excessive particularly when there are other alternatives available for less money such as Photoshop Elements 7 or the other programs which I will mention below, however for the professional editor, Photoshop CS4 is a must!

There are several other popular options which can be considered and include the Picasa editor by Google, Jasc Paint Shop Pro and Microsoft’s Picture It! These programs and many others offer a 30 Day trial for free so be sure to take advantage of these in order to try before you buy.

Another point to note is in relation to the free software programs which are often provided with your digital camera or other devices when purchased. Some of these can be very good but generally most are usually not very good quality and a waste of time and space. Be sure to get yourself a proper program such as the ones mentioned and I highly recommend Adobe Photoshop as it is an absolute gem of a program for all you photo and image editing needs.