Starting out with digital photography can be quite overwhelming if you have no idea where to start. Luckily, there’s plenty of free quality information available on the web… with the potential of making you a semi-professional photographer in a matter of weeks.
We’ve compiled the best photography tips and tutorials found on the web for you. Starting with basics to make your first purchase, all the way to the inner workings of your camera.
Choosing a Digital Camera
The world of photography will change when most content originates in computer-readable form. That means the world will change when the average person converts from a film-based camera to a digital camera.
How to Choose the Right Digital Camera
In this tutorial section we’ll try to guide you toward a sensible camera choice that’s right for you. This section is not meant for professional photographers. It’s aimed at beginners and advanced photographers; those either just starting out or those needing to upgrade their equipment.
Tripods have been around virtually as long as cameras themselves, but the ease with which today’s cameras may be used tends to make the user overlook the advantages of some accessories. Of all the causes of photo “failures”, fuzziness due to camera shake must be high on the list.
More of a ‘why you need a tripod’ than a buyers guide, but it does include some tips on buying and using a tripod.
What Is… Aperture?
When you look at the technical specifications of a digital camera, one of the very first specification mentioned is its maximum aperture and/or its aperture range. What is ‘aperture,’ what is a good aperture range, and how is aperture relevant when it comes to choosing a digital camera?
What Is… Correct Exposure?
Before you blame the camera for your lousy pictures, it pays to understand a bit what goes on behind the scenes when you press the shutter release button. In this article, we are going to look at what “correct exposure” means.
What Is… Noise?
ust what is noise and how can we eliminate or minimize it? This tutorial tries to explain all of this in as a non-technical way as possible.
Digital Camera Fundamentals
When comparing the specifications of digital cameras, it can get a little confusing if you are not well versed in the terminology used. In the following paragraphs we explain the most important attributes of a digital camera and what they can offer you.
In this tutorial, we will explain and show you how to use a simp,e but effective technique, the are focus.
More and more consumer digital cameras are now including a histogram display either during the Record mode or in the Playback mode. This tutorial explains just what the histogram is and how you can use it to ensure a correctly exposed picture.
Understanding… Focal Length
In this tutorial we will talk about the focal length in digital photography, we will explain how it works and how you can make good use of it.
Understanding RAW File Format
Let’s learn about the RAW file formats, the RAW data and how that can be useful.
Depth of Field
What is depth of field, what affects depth of field, and how can we use an understanding of depth of field to take better pictures? This tutorial will make everything clear from near to far.
In this tutorial, our challenge is to learn how to capture the mood of a night scene, depending on whether your digital camera is capable of night photography and on a couple of simple techniques.
ISO Settings in Digital Photography
ISO Settings in Digital Photography – What is ISO?
Introduction to Shutter Speed in Digital Photography
Introduction to Shutter Speed in Digital Photography – What is Shutter Speed?
How to Hold a Digital Camera
One of the common problems that many new digital (and film) photographers have is ‘camera shake’ where images seem blurry – usually because the camera was not held still enough while the shutter was depressed. Let’s learn how to avoid that.
How Should I Clean My DSLR’s Lens?
Cleaning your camera’s lenses should be a regular (although not too regular) part of any camera owner’s maintenance. Let’s find out the best way of doing it.
10 Questions to Ask When Taking a Digital Photo
Getting in the habit of asking some simple questions can help take your images to the next level. Here’s 10 questions to get in the habit of asking while framing your shots. We’ve included links in each one to further reading on the topics. We hope you find them helpful.
11 Tips for Beginner Photographers
As a new photographer, these are some of the ideas that have helped get me going.
13 Lessons to Teach Your Child About Digital Photography
13 Lessons to Teach Your Child About Digital Photography – very good for beginners also.
How to Take Sharp Digital Images
Getting your digital images perfectly sharp is something that most photographers want – however clean, crisp, sharp images can be difficult to achieve. Let’s take a look into how we can do that.
7 Strategies for Avoiding Flash Blow Out
In this tutorial we will be explaining and looking into 7 strategies for avoiding flash blow out.
Macro Photography Tips for Point and Shoot Digital Cameras
Much has been written on the topic of Macro photography for those photographers fortunate enough to own a DSLR with macro lenses – but what about if you own a compact point and shoot camera? Can you get great macro shots too?
Understanding Photographic Terms
If you’re new to the photography world, some of the terms can seem confusing. All this insider information is not as confusing as it first seems. You just need to learn a few of the basics, and you are on your way to taking better pictures.
File Formats – Raw Vs. JPEG
There are a number of file formats available to you, each allowing you to save a different amount of image detail. However more detail does not come at a price, higher image quality equates to a higher image size. In this digital photography tutorial we are going to explain the difference in the image quality and give examples of what to use and when.
Cleaning and Care of Your DSLR
You can be as careful and preventative as possible, however dust and fingerprints will inheritely end up in places you don’t want them. While there is some significantly improved technology to provide automatic dust clearing of the image sensor, it is still necessary to clean it occasionally. In this digital photography tutorial we are going to give you a step by step guide of how to keep your camera clean and in optimal service.
Basics of Flash Photography
Here are some basic tips in this digital photography tutorial to reduce the negative effects with your in camera flash.
A Beginners Guide To ISO Settings
In this digital photography tutorial we’re going to cover the final corner of the pyramid, ISO settings.
How to use a Macro Lens
Using a macro lens is not the same as using a telephoto zoom, you will need to pay more attention on focus, lighting, the movement of the subject, camera stability, and the depth of field. Let’s see exactly how.
Introducing the Half-Press
This is an easy yet essential skill for beginners to learn. The “half-pressed” button is helpful in many ways, let’s see exactly how.
Beginner’s Guide to Photography
This is a beginner’s guide for computer geeks who want to be digital artists. Comes in handy for everyone who likes photography. Take a look!
A Beginners Guide to Photography Accessories
If you’re new to photography or you mostly just point, shoot, and hope for the best then there’s probably a whole bunch of photo equipment whose names you recognize but whose function you’re not really sure of. We’ll show you everything you need to know in the beginning in this tutorial.
100 Things You Have to Know About Photography
100 Things to know when you study and learn about photography. Enjoy!