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A Photography Guide for Beginner’s

A photography starter guide for beginners.

Have you been thinking about a career or a hobby in photography? You have made a great decision. You might want to learn everything you can in a minute but sometimes it takes a little time. Here are some great photography tips for beginners.

Know your camera

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Cameras can be frustrating. It can be discouraging when your photos do not quite turn out as you had hoped. Whether it’s a DSLR, point, and shoot or mirrorless camera, it’s very important to understand what type of camera you have and how it looks at light.

This will help you locate and control the settings better. If it’s a DSLR, you will need to know the shooting modes and metering.  If yours is a mirrorless camera, you would probably use it for weddings and other ceremonies because the absence of a mirror flip inside the camera makes shooting a quiet endeavor. It will also have speed boosters which make it easy to take wide shots and videos.

Find a subject to shoot – and get started

Practice makes perfect – or permanent. It is important to find a subject to shoot. There is always a sense of urgency linked to photography. Therefore, no photos are “useless”. In the decision to take a picture, you actively decide and create the conditions in which the photos must be taken and something beautiful comes out of it.

Your subject says a lot about you.

Your subject conveys the story that you were present at some point in time, saw something, and chose to take a picture of it. As a photographer, you document real moments that may never recur. These areas of focus then become your subject.

Compose in thirds

Would you like your photos to be more pleasing to the eye? Incorporate the rule of thirds the next time you want to take a shot.  This rule helps artists and photographers to build drama and interest in an art piece. Imagine breaking an image down into thirds both horizontally and vertically so that you have 9 equal parts.

The viewer’s eyes will go to one of the intersection points more naturally rather than the center, so place your point of interest in the intersections. As a result, your photos will look more balanced.  It may be hard to apply this rule when you are busy shooting your photograph, so add a grid to your camera settings.  With constant practice and a little time, you will be able to master this rule.

Understand ISO, shutter speed, and aperture 

These 3 are known as the Kings of Photography.  Most DSLRs have “Auto” modes that automatically pick the right shutter speed, aperture, and even ISO for your exposure. In this mode, the camera guesses the right exposure by evaluating the amount of light passing through the lens. However, you do not want to limit your camera. To achieve the best results, learn how to adjust the settings manually.

Avoid camera blur

Every photographer has suffered through this.  The first way to avoid it is to hold your camera right. Always use both hands, one around the camera and the other around the lens, holding it closer to your body. Secondly, use a shutter speed that matches the focal length of your lens. Thirdly, use a tripod or monopod whenever possible.

Know when to use flash

Flash is mostly used indoors. An external flash unit bounced off a wall or ceiling will give your images a more natural look. If you are shooting in low light, a flash can be used to freeze motion in a photo.  When you are taking photos of your friends undercover, the best way to go unnoticed is to keep your flash away. This way, you will be able to take candid photos of them and their actions as opposed to them posing for the camera with insincere smiles.

The same goes for music concerts. Your flash will probably annoy the band, so lower your shutter speed and widen your aperture so that it picks up more light.

Invest in good a good photography class: An experienced guide to help you learn the most subtle tricks on photography and a class full of people with a shared dream will accelerate your learning process.

You will be able to learn how to be a master in your art and have a qualified professional rate your progress. This is the best way to learn as it prevents you from focusing on an irrelevant art direction.

Some of the best photography schools in the world include:

  1. The New York Institute of Photography
  2. Parsons School of Design
  3. Vevey School of Photography
  4. Africa Digital Media Institute
  5. Royal College of Art

These schools are situated in different parts of the world but they all have one thing in common, the most qualified faculty in the field of photography, state-of-the-art photography equipment for their students, personalized care and guidance for all students, and universally acceptable credentials upon graduation. This is everything a beginner photographer needs.

These tips will help you avoid common rookie mistakes in photography. If you wish to become a photography guru, you can learn more here.

Don’t be afraid to be a beginner. It’s the best learning point. In a few weeks, you will be surprised at the kind of progress you will have made!

All the best in your photography journey!

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Top 3 Photography Cameras

When it comes to art/ creativity, there really isn’t a right way to do anything. A person would prefer using cameras to shoot images in color while another would prefer monochromatic images. Each of us has a preference when it comes to (creatively) expressing ourselves. In the words of Charles Mingus, “ Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can plan weird; that’s easy. What’s hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity”.

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5 Tips For Submitting Amazing Event Pictures

If you’ve read Malcolm Gladwell’s, The Tipping Point, in any situation, it’s the little things that make the difference and not the big things. Crime in New York was at an all-time high until the City Board cleaned up the graffiti in the subway system. This can be applied to the photography world, what makes or breaks event photography are little issues like planning and communication.

We have compiled 5 tips that will help you take better pictures at your next event:

1. Get a clear brief A brief is a document that explains the aim of an event and the deliverables. It is advisable that the project brief is clear, achievable, and realistic. The brief should allow you to answer questions about location, shots, timelines, and IP. These questions can be framed as follows; Is it an indoor or an outdoor event? What shots do you need to take? Wide angles, close-ups? Profiles? How many edited images do you need to submit? What are the timelines for submission? Who retains the right over the images? Do you have permission to republish the images? The event organizer needs to clarify the above before you even sign the contract. You will then use this information to create the event checklist.

2. Go on a reconnaissance visit It is always advisable to go for a reconnaissance visit. This allows you to get a visual of the venue; hence mentally prepare for the task at hand. For instance, an indoor event requires more lighting as compared to an external event. Some of the lighting equipment you will need are LED lights, strobe lights, etc. Take a few test shots with your camera, then update your initial checklist.

3. Test your equipment Using your checklist test your equipment and ensure you have everything in place. Testing your equipment allows you to know what works and what is in need of replacing or renting. Ensure that the equipment is fully charged and you’ve rented what is missing.

4. Arrive early Be on time. Arriving late is unprofessional and it shows that you don’t care about your assignment. If you know that you’re going to be late, communicate. This allows the organizer to focus on other tasks other than worrying that you have pulled out. Arriving early enables you to set up your equipment and take a few test shots before the event commences.

5. Lighting Lighting is the most important aspect of any shoot. Lighting allows you to get good shots and minimizes the amount of time that will be spent on editing. There are various equipment that exist to help in the lighting. Godox, Flash, LED, etc. There you have it. Ready to apply for one of our courses? https://admi.ac.ke/admission/apply

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