Camera Terminology for Dummies

Dan Eitreim

June 13, 2015

Most of us have grown up with point and shoot cameras but now even simple cameras are so much more versatile that it pays to put in some time to learn to make the most of the technology and features you have in hand. Few digital photography lessons are as important as the really basic ones.

For those who invest in a digital SLR camera, just clicking the shutter with the camera set on auto is not only a wasted opportunity, it’s also sacrilege. Learning these few lessons will help you get thinking about ways to get more out of your camera, no matter what it is.

1. Read the manual: Once you have a camera, read the manual and find all the features it lists. Experiment at home even before you take your camera out. Play around with it and try the suggestions in the manual.

2. Not all light is equal: Learn about white balance. Every light source has a different temperature which affects the colour of your photo. Learn to use the correct setting for fluro, flash, incandescent and sunlight.

3. Framing is everything: Experiment with framing and learn the rule of thirds. Even a technically great photo looks average if it is poorly framed.

4. Watch the view finder: Pay attention in the viewfinder to your subjects head and legs. Many good photos are spoiled by cutting off body parts.

5. Look for the sun: Be aware of the position of the sun. Shooting directly into bright sun can cause washed out flares on your photo that ruin it.

6. Take off glasses: Be on the lookout for eye glasses. Even though most people wear glasses for sun or reading, they can really detract from a photo. A good portrait includes the subjects eyes, which afterall are the window to the soul.

7. Take your time: Be prepared to spend a lot of time photographing small children or animals. If you don’t have the patience, don’t bother. You might need to shoot 50 photos to get one that’s half acceptable. The other point is, the small children and animals pick up on your vibe and will never co-operate if you are in a rush or frustrated.

8. Consider colour and contrast: Always consider the colour of your main subject and the background. You will need more light and exposure for a black pet/person/object than you think. If your background is much lighter than the subject, the light metre will expose correctly for the background but not your subject, which will be a dark featureless blob.

9. Name your photos: Remember to tag your photos as soon as you can and in such a way that you can easily find the subject you’re after. What use is a brilliant photo if you can’t find it to show it off?

10. Group shots: When framing a family group, try bringing one or two well in front of the crowd, even crouched down. You can crop much closer then which makes a much better photo than one where 10 people are standing in a single line in the distance.

Perhaps the last but most important digital photography lesson for anyone is to get in the habit of posting your photos on your website, blog or even in forums and asking for comment. This is the best way to learn and improve, so long as you can accept constructive criticism.

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