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How to start Photography Hobby


“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. ”

Ansel Adams




  1. Understand your camera: Get familiar with the various settings and features of your camera, including aperture, shutter speed, ISO, focus modes, and white balance. Read the camera manual to learn about its specific functions.

  2. Composition: Composition refers to how elements are arranged within the frame. Some popular techniques include the rule of thirds (dividing the frame into a grid of nine equal parts), leading lines, symmetry, and framing. Experiment with different compositions to create visually appealing images.

  3. Lighting: Lighting plays a crucial role in photography. Natural light is often preferred for its softness and warmth. Consider the direction, intensity, and quality of light. Learn to use techniques like backlighting, sidelighting, and diffused light to enhance your images.

  4. Aperture: Aperture controls the depth of field, which determines how much of your image is in focus. A wide aperture (small f-number) creates a shallow depth of field, useful for portraits or isolating subjects. A narrow aperture (large f-number) produces a larger depth of field, suitable for landscapes.

  5. Shutter Speed: Shutter speed determines the duration of time the camera's sensor is exposed to light. A fast shutter speed (e.g., 1/1000s) freezes motion, while a slow shutter speed (e.g., 1/10s) can create motion blur or capture long exposures of night scenes or flowing water.

  6. ISO: ISO controls the camera's sensitivity to light. A low ISO (e.g., 100) is suitable for bright conditions, while a high ISO (e.g., 1600) is used in low-light situations. Keep in mind that higher ISO settings can introduce digital noise into your images.

  7. Focus: Pay attention to your focus to ensure sharp images. Most cameras offer autofocus, but you can also manually adjust the focus. Experiment with different focus points and techniques, such as using selective focus for portraits or focusing throughout the depth of field for landscapes.

  8. Post-processing: Editing your photos can enhance their overall quality. Consider using software like Adobe Lightroom or other image editing tools to adjust exposure, contrast, colors, and cropping. However, try to maintain a natural and balanced look, avoiding excessive editing.

  9. Practice and experiment: Photography is an art form, and the more you practice, the better you'll become. Experiment with different subjects, lighting conditions, and camera settings. Analyze your results, learn from them, and refine your techniques.

  10. Learn from others: Study the work of professional photographers and explore different genres and styles. Attend workshops, join photography communities, and seek constructive feedback to improve your skills. Don't be afraid to ask for advice or learn from the experiences of others.


Remember, photography is a creative pursuit, so have fun and let your unique vision shine through your images. Happy shooting!


Love for the photograph

--Shivaram

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