Photography Basics too

The trend in smart phones is taking over the typical point-and-shoot. Finding another phone app is all that is needed to be able to post life’s photos. Some will do the editing for you so the latest in technology will produce photos that look like mom’s ancient photo album. And that effect is for all the world to see. Snap away!

Be warned, signing up for some apps to post you’re prized photos also means someone out in cyberspace may also have access to use it to. It’s like Flickr which is one of those online sites that falls in to the common use laws for sharing photos. Anyone can grab a photo off facebook too. Just watch those security settings so you’re friends see your photos and the world doesn’t have access. And share with the world what you want to be seen.

Those features mentioned in photography 101 goes into the process of how a photo is made for any camera. When choosing a setting, available light, ISO, shutter speed, and aperture are the basis for the process of any chosen setting. The sports setting sets the camera for high speed and plenty of light. So the tip here is to take lots of photos to capture the action. The night settings means slower speeds and less light conditions. So the tip here is to use a tripod to keep the blur to a minimum.
The big tip- know what setting your camera is set to. Then take the photo.

By the way, do you know the difference between a snapshot and photo. A snapshot is capturing a moment you think is important. A photo has universal appeal.

Play with those scene and other settings long before you have to. That way you know what to choose. And don’t be affraid to change and shoot a lot. It’s ok to delete. It’s ok to delete. And again, it’s ok to delete. Just don’t erase those happy accidents that seem to work. One landscape photographer I talked to got more sales off a pns photo than from his pro slr gear.

As the trend goes to smartphones, just use a normal camera app for the bulk of your photos. Get to know other camera apps for those specialty effects. I suggest using one, then switching to another for that effect you like. And don’t be affraid to change the effects to get something more out of the moment.

No matter the camera, take time to shoot and frame your photos. Take the shot, see if that is what you want, and adjust accordingly. Too dark, slow the speed of the shutter, open the aperature more, or go higher on the iso. Too light, speed up the shutter, close the aperature more, or go with a lower iso.

Oh, a word on framing. Think thirds, the rule of thirds. It’s like using a tic-tac-toe board on the screen, #. Horizontally there is the top third, middle third, and bottom third. Vertically there is the right third, middle third, and left third. Place your subject in those areas where the lines cross. When you’re done, the eye will flow better around the photo.


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