Gone are the times when photographers had to take several shots of an image and develop them to find out if a fine or even perfect image was taken. Several photographers of this art form refer to this technique as “trial and error”.
Today, there are a number of photographers who have decided to shift from regular point and shoot and old SLR models to digital ones. Through DSLRs, they can get more time to concentrate on taking those great pictures since images that are not par with their standards can simply be deleted away.
SLR stands for Single Lens Reflex. The name implies the use of lenses and a mirror. The mirror reflects light entering the lens up into the viewfinder. Thus, a photographer can estimate how the image will likely appear when it is developed. Moreover, an SLR camera uses separate lenses that can be interchanged depending on the resolution needed. Hence, this camera can be used to capture the image with varying depths.
Likewise, a digital SLR or DSLR camera uses lenses and mirrors. But instead of a film that records the image, a DSLR camera uses light sensor chips and digital memory. In other words, a DSLR camera is the computerized version of the traditional SLR camera.
However, the functions of these models are rather different so it is suggested that users spend time getting familiar or acquainted with these gadgets. Owners should use that “trial and error” technique by taking a few shots and storing better pictures. Sooner or later, users can surely hack these models.
Individuals who decide on using these types of cameras should really invest on memory cards and lenses. Thus, if they happen to become professionals someday, additional equipment will surely keep them busy for choosing photography as a career.
Here are some helpful tips that will definitely aid owners of DSLR cameras in capturing a perfect image using the new art of digital photography.
1. Normally, people take full body shots against a background. However, it is more appropriate to take a shot from the shoulders up or an upper-body one because the image of those in the picture really appears small.
2. If doing the above technique happens to be difficult for the user, he or she can take a shot of the person with him or her at one side rather than at the center. Then the owner can just zoom in so the person appears to be at the center.
3. The law of optics remains the same whether using an old or a digital camera. For instance, if the sun is behind an image, the picture will be a silhouette. If the light is in front of the image, the picture will appear squint unless there are sunglasses on.
4. Use your sunglass to act as a polarizer to take away unnecessary reflections from glaring objects.
5. You can also use a sunglass to increase the exposure of objects.
6. When using a polarizer, be sure that the source of light is perpendicular to the object.
7. Change your white balance setting from auto to cloudy when shooting bright landscapes and outdoor portraits.
8. Do not use the flash mode when the setting is already sunny.
9. Zoom in to emphasize a certain asset or characteristic of the subject being captured.
10. Practice. Practice. Practice.
It suffices to say that the techniques in getting the perfect shot have not changed. However, using digital cameras and employing this art of digital photography have simply improved photo shooting by making capturing pictures easy for everyone.
In other words, practice is what really makes perfect shots!