As a beginner photographer, you’ve probably been inundated with articles, videos, and tutorials covering a whole slew of photography tips and tricks. So much information all at once can be overwhelming. Where do you start? To make learning easier, photographer Nigel Danson shares seven photography tips he wishes he’d known when he was a beginner:
1. USE APERTURE PRIORITY MODE
It’s not surprising to see many photographers sticking to full manual mode. Learning to use manual mode is without a doubt an excellent skill, but it’s not necessary that you stick with it every time. There are certain moments and lighting conditions that don’t last long; sometimes you need to act quickly. Aperture priority mode is extremely useful for shooting under these circumstances.
Modern cameras are quite good at metering. There’s no harm in relying on them to improve your efficiency.
You still have plenty of creative control with aperture priority mode. You can conveniently control depth of field, and if you’re not satisfied with the exposure that the camera deterimines for you, use exposure compensation to correct it.
2. UNDERSTAND YOUR HISTOGRAM
In simple terms, a histogram denotes the distribution tonal values. The left side of a histogram represents shadow details, while the right side represents highlights. Mid-tones are in the middle.
Exposing to the right without clipping is a common practice that most photographers follow. This method captures most of the shadow and highlight details in your image. Lifting up shadows in an underexposed shot can introduce noise, which can be minimized by exposing to the right.