How to learn about digital photography

How to learn about digital photography

There are many ways to learn about digital photography and how to teach yourself digital photography. The main way that I find best is by doing. Read about a few things then go out and experiment. Don’t try to learn everything all at once.

The nice thing these days with the digital age is that you can get instant gratification and you can instantly see what you like or what you want to change about the photographic image that you just captured.

Just to go over a few things about photography

To me, my artistic photography is expressing and capturing a feeling and a mood in a subject. Telling a story about what you see through the lens and sharing that with your audience.

So I am going to go over a few things here that I hope will help to improve your photography and for you to gain confidence in your new found photographic abilities.

I believe that most of us have mixed feelings when it comes to our own photographs. We know it is basically simple in many ways but after snapping a few poor photos and not capturing what we have envisioned in our minds before we pressed the trigger, we decide that we are a bad photographer.

Well the truth is that once you can understand a few of the basic aspects, and a grasp a few simple ideas, you can become a photographer.

So I think that the first step in this is to BAN these three excuses:
  1. My photographs never turn out the way I expect, so why should I bother
  2. There’s way to much technology and software involved for me to get it right
  3. It is going to take me way to much time to get really good at this
Rid your thoughts, about these four myths about photography
  1. Photography is way to technical.
  2. The camera does everything for you. 
  3. You need really expensive cameras and gear to take really good photos.
  4. All great photographers are born artists – which simply is not true.

So lets look at the very simplified explanation about digital cameras.

The digital camera – in a nutshell

How the digital camera captures or records an image

As you press the button on your camera to take a photograph, your cameras aperture opens and light streams in through the lens. The incoming image or picture information lands on the image sensor chip and is broken down into millions of pixels.

This sensor also measures all the colors and the brightness of each of these millions of pixels and converts them into numbers that your computer can read and convert back to the image that you can see on your computer screen.

Exposure

The exposure, or the light that comes into the camera through the lens is controlled by three things.

  1. Aperture:  The size of the opening in the lens that allows light to come through. In regards to the creativity, one of the most important things to remember is that size does matter.
  2. Shutter speed:  The simple explanation of shutter speed is the speed which the shutter of the camera opens and closes, to allow light to your camera sensor.
  3. ISO:  Settings simply is the level of sensitivity the camera has to the availability of light. So the lower the ISO number the less sensitive the camera will be to light and vice versa the higher the number ISO the more the camera increases its sensitivity to light.




 

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4 thoughts on “How to learn about digital photography

  1. You are right when you say that it is best to learn a little at a time and then go practice what you have learnt.

    Photography can get very technical, so I think to consolidate what you learn you need to practise. I bought a fancy Canon camera a few years back, and it took me a while to learn about all the things I could manipulate, but it was a rewarding journey and I took some magnificent photos.

    Also, thank you for enlightening me on the topic of exposure. I never fully understood what that meant and how it worked before reading your article.

    1. Thank you very much for your comments Michel. I am happy that my article helped you understand something new about your camera. It is really exciting when those moments happen. I am constantly learning and I am happy to share with others what I can to help them get more out of their camera’s.

  2. Hi Monika,
    I suck at take pictures with my phone or with my camera.
    I never get images that you (or me) can say: Wow!!
    I hope with the information you have here I will succeed with this.
    I also love the information on how camera converts the light to a real picture…great info.
    Thanks

    1. Hi Efi,

      I hope that with the information that I will be sharing here on my site, that it will help you improve your images, whether they are taken with your iphone or with a traditional camera.

      Please check back as I am working on more lessons and information regarding composition and how to create interest in you images. With a little practice with learning a few of my photo tidbits, you will work your way to that WoW image.

      Thank you for checking in and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

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