How to Learn the Basics of Digital Photography

Digital photography is a relatively new field of study which has exploded lately with the computer and cameras technological advances. There are several advantages of digital photography over conventional photography. One is that you don't need a film, so you can produce excellent pictures by trial and error without wasting resources. You also get immediate access to the pictures you just took through a computer. Then you can share them, do some editing, or even enhance them.

How to Learn the Basics of Digital Photography
I am sure that even if you are a newbie, you have heard the term "megapixels". One megapixel is equal to one million pixels and it is a measure of the resolution of the images produced by a digital camera. The resolution determines the size and therefore quality of the pictures, so the higher the resolution, the better the images you get. This also increases the file size, so keep that in mind.

Taking good pictures with a digital camera is no different than taking good pictures with conventional film cameras. The only difference would be that you are producing photos digitally rather than in a film. If you are a new photographer, you need to use the automatic focus. This is good to take decent quality pictures, but advanced users can produce much better pictures using the manual focus. To use auto focus effectively, push the shutter half way and hold for a sec; once the image is focused, press it entirely too capture.

Another tip to create the best pictures is to avoid the use of the camera's flash as much as possible. Natural light is always better, so use it whenever possible. Sometimes cameras need more time to capture the light available when there isn't enough; this can create blurry images, so you might want to buy a tripod to avoid movement.

If you need to preserve batteries, use the viewfinder instead of the LCD screen. The LCD screen will be more accurate in displaying the picture you are taking, especially at a close range, but it will also drain your batteries faster. If you have spare batteries, then this shouldn't be a problem and you can use the LCD screen freely.

Unless you need large images, lower the resolution of the pictures in the camera settings. This can be done to reduce the space of the pictures take in your memory card and computer. Working with smaller images also accelerates the work flow in editing or enhancing images, because the computer won't be spending as much resources.

Use the tips mentioned above next time you want to take photographs with your digital camera. Many people just know how to press the shutter button and they don't take good pictures, or take pictures which are way too big for their needs. By having some basic knowledge in digital photography, you can improve the quality of your pictures and optimize your available resources.
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