Full-Auto, Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Speed Prioirty, Manual Mode… how do you know which one you should use?
There’s also a lot of misconceptions about which mode you should be using, for when, as well as a lot of bias towards people not using manual mode. When you understand what exactly each mode does, then it becomes a lot clearer which one you should be using.
When you’re shooting in low light, you invariably have to widen your aperture to allow enough light into the lens, but this has one rather major side effect – shallow depth of field.
This can be used very creatively (often to excess), but it’s not all good. There are many situations, such as landscapes, where you’ll want to have a narrower aperture so that the whole scene is in focus.
This tutorial will walk you though everything you need to know about choosing the right aperture (and therefore depth of field) for the right situation.
What can I say about the nifty fifty? What’s not to love? For those of you that don’t know, when I talk about the nifty fifty, I’m talking about the 50mm f/1.8 prime lens that can be picked up very cheap for most digital SLRs.
It’s a great introduction to buying better quality lenses, and an excellent way of getting to grips with aperture.
The article linked is a review and a guide, and I wrote it because I recommend this lens as the first upgrade that every beginner photographer should make. It’s easy to use, and for the price, will yield some excellent results.
Visual weight is different to size or weight as we know it, it’s all about what we’re drawn to when we look at a photo.
When you understand visual weight, you’ll start to understand how people look at photos, and how you can position certain elements in a frame to direct the viewers attention to where you want them to look.
It’s no so much a tool, or a rule, as it is an understanding.
Balance in a photo has a big affect on how we feel when we look at the photo, as an unbalanced photo can make us feel uneasy, where as a balanced photo, will make us feel more relaxed.
It really doesn’t matter whether you choose to make the photo balanced or unbalanced, but you should understand why you’ve chosen one or the other, and the affect that will have on your photo.
Again, it’s one of those situations where the more you know, the easier it will be to produce the desired effect.
So that’s a brief introduction to photography for beginners.
Of course, there’s tons more you can learn about photography, and I would encourage you to go and explore for yourself in my tutorial archive.
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