Monday, June 26, 2006

Are You a Photographer?

What does it take to be a photographer? While going to school to learn photography is the best possible way to start, not everyone has that option. How do you learn the basics? There are a number of very good books to walk you through composition, lighting and exposure. While learning the basics is imperative, practice is the best way to put those basics to the test. So what kind of camera do you need? There are many type of cameras to choose from. If you are just starting out, a digital camera is your best bet. It is definately more cost effective than film.

Once you have your camera in hand, go ahead and take some pictures. Take more than one of the same shot. At first, you don't need to worry so much about composition. You will begin to know what you need to do to get a better picture. That is the beauty of digital photography. You can delete the pictures you don't like.

Notice the background. You don't want a portrait of someone with a stick coming out of their head. Is there too much sky or ground? Does the background distract your eye from the subject? A plain background or one that is out of focus is best. Move in close to your subject and fill the frame. This will make your shot look more professional and less like a snap-shot.

If you are really interested in improving your skills, try looking at other people's photos. You might even try joining a group that allows other photographers to comment on your pictures.
So, what are you waiting for?


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