You can’t learn everything in a day and it can be hard to process all of this information at once. That being said there are a few key points and tips recommended by professional photographers for beginners. I hope that you can take better shots with a best camera for food photography and these tips.
Top photography tips for beginners
Read the manual, all cameras come with one and people rarely use them. Getting to know your software and you camera will allow you to be able to pick the right settings and find what you need – how can you translate what you want into an image if you can’t use your own camera?
Ditch the automation
if you are looking for a “point and shoot” then leave the automation settings on, but you won’t learn anything that way. Having the camera on the manual setting can help you clearly see the differences each setting makes, you can see how changing the aperture can over or underexpose the camera and how this translates onto an image. Manual settings also allow you more flexibility with your personal preference.
Don’t be afraid to take several shots or devote time to post-processing to make your image perfect. There are a lot of options available and if you aren’t seeing your image become reality then be fussy and stick at it until you get what you want
This is particularly important if you are used to travelling with your camera. There is nothing worse than finding a picture perfect moment and the battery going flat. Take spares and extra lenses or filters with you so that you are always prepared to capture the moment.
The one thing you can’t deal with in post-processing is an out of focus image because the raw data simply isn’t there to manipulate. Take extra time to practice focusing on different subjects, moving and stationary otherwise it won’t matter about the exposure, composition or anything else because the image will be useless.
RAW files take up a lot of memory so investing in a storage solution so that they are well backed up is essential. This also applies to getting a decent memory card that is reliable and can handle large amounts of data.
You should always aim to shoot in RAW from the camera as it creates a better image, however if you have left your spare memory card (see spare parts) or are running out of space there is a large JPEG setting accessible in the menu that allows for high quality JPEGs that takes up a lot less space on the card.
It takes a while to get a handle on photography and capturing images and angles in certain ways as well as a lot of practice (especially if you are in manual).
Don’t limit yourself to one type of photography in the beginning, practice taking photos of people, places, moving objects and you will find your own style and pick up unique tips and shortcuts of your own
It is a little known fact that DSLR’s (usually) come with a sound off function which can be particularly useful when trying to avoid scaring wildlife or when tlying to capture natural photos without startling anyone. This setting is available from the main menu under camera settings on most models.
Hopefully you should now be able to use your DSLR effectively and have greater understanding of the commitment and control that goes into taking a great photograph.
Do not be alarmed if it takes you a while to get control of the settings on your camera, just remember that plenty of practice and real world experience will make you a pro in no time.
You should also have all the knowledge you need to avoid falling into the trap of buying too much useless or unnecessary equipment and you should know the bare essentials that you need to get started which will help to minimize the cost as best as possible.
You should also be able to understand the best post processing software programs will suit you and the range of tools that they can provide as well as new modern software that can stand in for certain pieces of equipment.
Overall you will now be able to use the tips and tricks given to you to start taking photos with your DSLR and improve as you go. Photography is an incredibly rewarding pastime that can also be turned into a career if you work at it enough and can master the different techniques and a DSLR is the best tool to get you there.
Thank you for reading and good luck!