You have picked a very interesting hobby. There is indeed a lot of things to learn and you may be unsure where to begin. The next few paragraphs detail some practical tips that will get you started in the exciting world of photography.
When shooting pictures on an overcast day, avoid capturing the sky in the image. A gray sky is going to make your pictures look washed-out. A better option for shooting in overcast is to use black and white. If the day is not overcast, you can show as much of the sky as you want to, but make sure you are attentive to the lighting.
If you wish to join the ranks of very accomplished photographers, move up to a dSLR camera. This camera is a single-lens reflex digital camera and shows the subject as the photograph is being shot. Ideally you would get a full framed DSLR camera that gives you the largest image sensor with the highest detailed photographs.
All parts of the landscape will be visible in your picture, so be sure to pay attention to what will be at the front of the image. You can increase the depth appearance of your photo when you shoot the foreground in a way that makes a great striking frame.
Start shooting pictures right away when you leave for a trip. Of course, you will have tons of great photo opportunities on the trip, but you can make a photo essay that starts right when you leave your home to chronicle the entire trip. Take pictures at different stages of your journey, for instance in airports.
Always keep charged batteries in your camera. Digital cameras can use a lot of power, especially when using the LCD screen, so make sure your batteries are fully charged before needing to use the camera. Another good idea is to carry a set of spare batteries for your camera with you so that you never miss a shot.
If you are unable to develop your negatives often, make sure you have a memory card large enough to store all of your photos. By increasing the size of the memory card that you use in your camera, you are increasing the number of photos that you can take before changing cards. Another advantage of a large memory card is you can shoot in RAW format, which allows the most flexibility during post-production.
Practice selecting effective combinations of ISO, aperture, and shutter speed. These features will influence the exposure. Unless you are seeking a certain mood, try not to take under- or over-exposed photos. Experimentation with these features and how they work together will lead you to the perfect combination.
If you are shooting photographs in a florescent light setting, make sure that you adjust your camera’s white balance settings appropriately. Fluorescent lighting usually gives off bluish and greenish light, so subjects may take on a cooler tone than you intend without compensating for the lack of red tones with your camera.
Hopefully, this article has given you a good sense of what you can do to improve your photography skills. Feel free to revisit these suggestions or check back for fresh updates. The important thing is to be persistent so that you can transform your photography into art.