Imagine yourself laid down in the middle of the night, gazing into the deep, dark, vast black sky as the stars glow independently while the moon illuminates the field of grass around you. Comets and shooting stars colliding with earth’s atmosphere, and if you’re lucky you might even witness an Aurora out there. Such an amazing view don’t you agree? Good enough to take a picture of and store it for good memory don’t you think? But, are you skilled enough to take the photo? Are you even a photographer?
“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”
Some people think that photographers need to be highly educated from a well-known college or university. As a matter of fact, becoming a photographer doesn’t require all these studies and curriculums. Anyone can become a photographer. What is essentially required is the right tools, the will, creativity, and patience of an artist, and a keen eye that captures the right picture for the right moment and at the right time.
Tools Required for a Photographer:
Well, for starters a camera is obviously a necessity for beginning your photographic journey as you need a tool to capture the landscape you find breathtaking. It’s not important to get the best and latest Canon camera in the market for you to get going, some phone cameras are actually effective enough to provide you that perfect take. As a starter you always can’t buy all the lens and camera you need. In that case you can rent camera equipment from a reputed website or store.
If you actually decide to get a camera, then you should get one with interchangeable lenses so that you can try out different types of lenses for different types of photography styles.
As for the lenses, these are the secret behind a good picture and an outstanding one. For it depends on the type of scape you want to capture because different scopes require different lens thicknesses. Whether it’s a standard, portrait, for sports, or other situations, you need to have a good knowledge of what lens you need to use for each situation.
Finally, you need a computer software that will help you edit the pictures you take. It’s not that you’re not a good photographer, but sometimes you might want that extra darkness or that smidge of sharpness that will make your picture come out perfectly. So, a good photo editing software can really assist you on your journey.
Other additional items like tripods, bags, polarizing filters, and more can be very helpful also, but not highly essential.
Techniques and Fundamentals of Photography:
Now that you have the tools let’s give you a few photography tips that will have you capturing pictures like a professional.
You can start by getting to know your camera’s settings, for it’s very important to know what setting to use that will optimize the visual that you see. You need to know what shutter speed is used for, Aperture (Represents the pupil in your lens that can open and close to let in different amounts of light), and the ISO (similar to the sensitivity of film for taking pictures in different lighting conditions) are important to comprehend.
After you’re done with these photography basics, what you need to know about the techniques is that you need to be you. Photographer qualifications are overrated. Creativity is key in this line of career, take it as a speechless piece of art that speaks through your camera lens. Our advice to you is to take pictures as much as you can, get to know your camera as much as you can, and experiment with different settings to let people see the world the way you do.
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