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Photography for Beginners

Life itself is a celebration worthy to be remembered forever. Unfortunately and fortunately at the same time, the human mind cannot absorb everything that you want it to remember. Thanks to photography, memories will be kept alive for a longer time. Today, a lot of people have discovered the beautiful world behind the lens thus more and more people feel the need to jump in to the photography bandwagon. But if you are new to the business, photography and cameras are pretty overwhelming. A lot of buttons with drawings which cannot be easily understood by a commoner may seem frustrating at first. But if you really are interested in learning the ropes, you should understand the basics of photography first. Remember that strong foundations promise a good future so read on to have a deeper understanding of photography.

Aperture The term is often interchanged with another appliance or upholstery related to cameras that’s why a lot of people do not know how to tinker it and make beautiful images with aperture settings. Look at your camera’s lens and you will see “teeth-like” features there. These features which also look like blades forming a hole control the amount of light that passes through your lens at any one time. The hole is called the aperture. The larger the opening of the blades means that more light gets through. The smaller the hole means lesser light. The size of the aperture will determine how the images behind and in front of your focus will look like. For example if you are taking a photo of your friend with a crowd of people on his back, alarger aperture will make the background blurry but a smaller aperture will make the background, in this case the crowd, sharp.

Shutter speed The term explains what it means. The shutter speed determines the length of time that your camera will allow light to get through the lens. Different cameras offer different shutter speeds and today the most advance cameras can even have a shutter speed as fast a half a billionth of a second.

So how does shutter speed exactly affect your photography? Well for starters if you want to capture quick moments of thrill, excitement and rush, you should opt for a camera with high shutter speed. Sports photographers, for example, have cameras with high shutter speed to freeze the fast paced actions of sports.

ISO The ISO is the standard rating for film speed. Your ISO camera’s ISO number and light sensitivity are proportional meaning the lower the ISO number the more sensitive your camera is to light. Cameras usually have a base ISO of 100 to 200. If you want to stick to the safe side of capturing images, you should settle for the base ISO of your camera. If you are confident in experimenting with your camera’s ISO, use the lowest ISO when you are shooting in a bright environment say, on a sunny day or when you are lazing on summer beach. When you are taking shots indoors or at night when there is no enough light, you may want to increase your camera’s ISO. Thankfully, cameras have built in flash that helps in making up with the light requirements. Aperture, shutter speed and ISO are the most important factors that will result to good pictures. Learn how to apply these three plus your creativity and imagination and you will never go wrong. Now that you know the basic principles governing photography, start your way clicking around and capture the important memories in your life.

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