10 Beginner Photography Tips and Camera Settings You Need to Know

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Reading a Histogram

One of the most powerful tools in a photographer’s toolkit – the histogram – is also one of the most underutilized.

In a nutshell, the histogram gives you a graphical representation of the brightness levels or tones in an image. It’s a far more accurate method of judging the exposure than simply looking at your images on your camera’s LCD.

That means you get a highly accurate view of the image’s exposure levels so you know what needs to be changed to get a better-exposed photo.

View this tutorial on histograms to develop an understanding of what they are and how to use them to your benefit.

White Balance

Have you ever taken a photo and noticed that the color is off?

Maybe things that should be bright white are a little blue, or maybe a bit yellow?

That’s color casting that’s due to incorrect white balance, but you can control white balance with your camera.

The trick, of course, is learning how to do that!

Find out how to adjust white balance in this detailed article.

General Photography Tips

How to Create More Dynamic Compositions

If you’ve noticed that your photos all look the same, are a little boring, or would otherwise benefit from a little compositional improvement, doing so isn’t as hard as you might think.

In fact, one of the most well-known photography tips – using the rule of thirds – can help you achieve much better photos.

It’s a simple concept, but one that requires a little bit of thinking and practice on your part.

Get a detailed overview of the rule of thirds in this guide, and see how much of an impact it can have on the photos you create.

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