How to Take Good Photos Using a DSLR
Make sure your camera lens is clean.If you are using a Digital SLR, you also need to make sure that the sensor is clean. This is easy to do and will avoid your images having any unwanted dots, smears or marks on them. Use a lens cloth that is only going to be used on the lens. Firstly, breathe on the lens and then clean it with a circular motion. For the sensor, to reduce dirt getting onto it, always turn the camera off before changing the lens and try to do so in a ‘controlled’ environment like the back of a car. Essentially, try not to change the lens on a really windy beach or in the desert.
- Most DSLR cameras have automatic sensor cleaning when you turn the camera on and off so that helps a lot! I know you can always Photoshop dirt out in stills, but if you are using the video function on your camera then removing specs and unwanted dirt is not an easy option – unless you have got months of spare time on your hands.
Read your camera’s manual.It sounds boring, but 1 to 2 hours with the manual and your camera in hand will help you to understand it more quickly. The sooner you can operate in full manual mode the better. It is the only way to start pushing your photographic skills.
Get your subject in the right spot.If you are shooting a portrait or a group of people, position them where you want them. Make sure there is nothing growing out of their heads and if you want to feature your background then do so.
- Ask your subject(s) to move forwards or backwards and framing your shot with your subject framed hard left or right can work really well. Never be shy to move your subject(s) around, it is the best way to learn.
Framing is what 80% of photography is all about.Look at images in magazines, watch movies and see how they are framed. You need to allow enough headroom, but not too much otherwise the image can look clumsy. Don’t crop half a hand or part of their head. Try not to place people directly in the centre of the frame.
- Soon your eye will get used to framing and you’ll know what looks good. The best thing I was ever taught was ‘If it looks good, it is good!’
Get the lighting right.Lighting is really important and helps set mood and atmosphere. While using additional flash units can be a little advanced, setting your internal flash to the correct level for your lighting environment makes a big difference. This is where we come back to reading the ‘dreaded’ manual.
- On most cameras accessing the flash control is only a few clicks away on the menu. Learning how to do this will definitely help. If you have a DSLR, get an external flash and experiment using it off the camera.
Control the exposure.Being able to control the aperture size (exposure) and shutter speed manually will mean that you can expose what you want to expose for and not what the camera thinks you want to expose for. When the camera is in auto exposure mode it will expose whatever is largely in frame. For example, if you are taking a picture of your subject and a waterfall is in the background then the camera will close down the iris to expose for the white waterfall and as a result your subject will be under exposed and dark.
- By knowing how to use exposure and shutter manually (which each directly affect each other) this will allow you to take control and make decisions on what part of your image you want to expose for.
Understand about Depth of Field.Learning the basics of depth of field (DOF) and how exposure (Aperture or 'F Stop') increases or decreases what is in focus will expand your creativity no end. Learning about how slow and fast shutter speeds can affect your work will increase your creativity.
- Switching to manual focus for specific shots is also very helpful especially with macro (close up) work. This means you can set the focus to exactly where you want it to be.
Have your camera to hand.Again this might sound obvious, but photography is all about catching a moment, and moments only last a moment. Leaving your camera in your bedroom or buried deep in your bag is never a winner.
Focus on lighting:If you are shooting in daylight and want the best picture possible, then use the sun to your advantage. Backlit photography can look fantastic, and is very helpful to separate your subject from its background and can give a much more 3D image. Just be aware of lens flare entering the lens and decide if you want that effect. You can flag the flare by using a lens hood or simply using your hand.
- When possible use a piece of white card or a reflector to bounce light back onto your subject's face. You will be surprised how effective this method is and it will dramatically lift the shadows from your subject's face and improve your images.
Try to use a prime lens.It doesn't mean you should go and buy an expensive fixed focal length lenses; just set your camera lens on the zoom to about 50mm, which is approximately what our eyes see. Then, rather than zoom the camera in and out, keep it fixed and physically move yourself around.
- Get close to your subjects and down on their level. Don’t always shoot from standing up, just because it is the most convenient.
Don’t be frightened to shoot vertical.Vertical can really suit certain shots, especially portraits. Try it out.
Smile, if you are taking pictures of people you don’t know.It sounds simple, but people always appreciate it. You are taking their image so it’s the least you can do. It will help them feel more comfortable and they might even smile back.
QuestionHow do I click the best pic?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerOne of the best ways to click the best picture is the lighting and angle. To get really good with lighting, try to take the picture at sunrise or sundown, known as "the golden hours" to photographers. Also focus on what angle you want to see the picture from.Thanks!
QuestionWhere do I need to click to take a photo with a DSLR?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerDSLRs have a specific button for taking pictures and it is usually located on the right side of the top surface. For some camera models, you can also buy a remote controller or use your phone as a remote.Thanks!
QuestionIs a Nikon D3400 a good camera?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, it is the best entry level DSLR. It is affordable and has great battery backup.Thanks!
QuestionWhat is the operating system of a DSLR?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerEach manufacturer (Canon, Nikon, Sony Olympus...) has its own OS. They are designed only for camera use so they are (usually) very different from phone, tablet, and PC operating systems.Thanks!
QuestionWhich lens is good for a Canon 550 D?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThere is no clear answer to this question - it depends heavily on your needs for photographing. The kit zoom lens which comes with the camera body is absolutely good enough for beginning (and even after that). It's a lot easier to choose a lens when you have gathered enough experience, learned to use your camera and found the subject matters you want to photograph. Then you can ask some more experienced photographer "I want to photograph X, my camera is Y and I'm able to use Z amount of money. What lens should I buy?"Thanks!
QuestionAre Canon or Nikon cameras good?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, they are great quality cameras and are really easy to use. I recommend Canon especially.Thanks!
QuestionCan you compare Canon vs Nikon, as I am a new photographer?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNikon's entry level DSLRs are much better than Canon's, which lack a lot of features.Thanks!
QuestionHow does the shutter speed affect the photo?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerWhen taking photos of moving objects like cars, the higher the shutter speed the more 'motion blur effect' you will get in your shots.Thanks!
QuestionHow many times do I have to click on the photo camera button?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt should only have to be clicked one time.Thanks!
QuestionI want to buy a Nikon d3300. With this camera, which lens would produce fantastic landscape images that look professional?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThe things that matter are framing and exposure. For landscapes, use wide-angle lenses. The body kit that comes with the model is good enough for startups and later stages.Thanks!
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