Photography For Fun: Tips For The Non-Professionals

Joynul Abedin

30 May, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Photography For Fun: 
Tips For The Non-Professionals

When you are a new photographer, there is always a chance that you can improve the quality of your photography. For some folks, this means refining their technique, for others it may mean learning some of the technical aspects of their camera equipment. In other cases, it may mean simply using a higher quality of camera gear, such as professional grade lenses or ones with special capabilities. For those people we will give some easy ideas of how you can create beautiful and creative pictures during your next holiday. Let’s take a look at some basic methods and some more advanced techniques to create beautiful images.


Get close

It sounds as easy as it is. Every camera, especially if you use different lenses, has different distances where you can still get sharp pictures. Just try it out. Begin by standing farther away from your subject and try going closer until you cannot get the camera to focus anymore. If you have a zoom lens, try zooming in as much as possible and then try the same technique.



It is another easy and very beautiful method especially at night when you have colorful lights around you. On a DSLR you just have to set your lens to manual and unfocused. On your point and shoot camera you can focus on a subject near you and then, while still holding your finger on the release button, move to the scene you want and take the picture.


Long exposure

Set your DSLR to manual mode (M) and set your shutter speed to about 10 to 15 seconds. Set the aperture between f/8 and f/16. You do not need to change ISO settings, just leave that on ISO 100. Make sure you put your camera down on a firm surface (floor, table, etc) or use a tripod. It will take a while to get the perfect picture, just keep changing the camera settings until you get the hang of it.


Short exposure

This is a good method for photographing moving subjects while getting them to stay sharp. You will need a good amount of light, so it would be best to use this method at day time when the sun is shining. Set your DSLR to manual mode (M) and set your shutter speed to about 1/250 to 1/320 seconds or even higher depending on how fast your subject is moving. If you want your background to be blurry, set your aperture to the lowest setting your lens can go; but if you want your picture to be sharper (not only the subject), then set your aperture to a higher setting. It will take some time and practice to get the best results. Sometimes you will need to set your ISO to a higher setting, but try to avoid ISO over 1000, because then your pictures will get grainy.


Zoom effect

This might be one of the trickiest methods. In order to take a picture with this effect you will need to change your shutter speed to a longer exposure. You should put your camera on a tripod and then, just as you hit the release button, zoom in or out with your DSLR.


Rule of thirds

Every creative person knows that composition is important and the rule of thirds is a large part of it. The rule of thirds is about dividing an image into thirds horizontally and vertically, producing nine boxes. By positioning points of interesting your images along the lines or intersections of this grid you can make your images more visually balanced and attractive. When just starting out most photographers tend to do “center-weighted” shooting, which can feel boring or not convey a story. Mastering the rule of thirds is essential to creating compelling photos.


Shoot in raw mode

Camera raw will allow you to get the most out of your images. Many shooters still shoot in JPEG, mostly because this allows them to see their shots in post or because it allows them to avoid post-production editing all together. Shooting in JPEG means that these folks are not getting the full-image details available for their shots. It also means they only have what they got with the push of a button.


Take advantage of auto-focus

The power of auto-focus has come a long way as cameras have evolved. The human eye is amazing but sometimes letting the camera assist can produce stunning results. When shooting humans or statues depicted as humans, setting the camera’s auto-focus to facial detection can allow you to get great shots in the moment and focus purely on your composition and exposure. This leaves you free to shoot and create the shots you want without having to worry that they won’t come out crisp and clear.