How to Use Your Camera Properly

How to Use Your Camera Properly

Bella C |

The truth is that every photographer, no matter how skilled or seasoned, takes some lousy pictures sometimes. The greatest photographers only show their very best work in portfolios, they don't bore viewers with 10 shots of the same scenario.

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If you want your images to stand out on social media or other photo-sharing platforms, it's best to post just a few of your absolute favorites from each session. Here’s a guide to help you take the start.

How to Grip Camera Properly?

Although it may seem apparent, many amateur photographers end up with blurry photos because they aren't holding the camera steady. Cinematic video or filmmaking is a little in this aspect from steady photography.

 

Although using a tripod is the most effective method for steadying your shots, you probably won't need one unless you're working in really dim lighting.

 

You'll become used to holding the camera in your hands, but remember to always use both of them. The camera's weight may be mitigated by placing one hand on the right side of the body and the other under the lens.

 

Keeping the camera closer to your body will allow you to hold it steadier. You can use a wall or your knees as a leaning surface if you need more support, but if there is nowhere to lean, taking a wider stance may assist as well.

RAW Format Shooting

While JPEG compresses the picture data collected by your camera's sensor, RAW captures every bit of it. You'll have a lot more leeway in post-processing if you shoot in RAW, and the resulting photos will be of better quality.

 

You'll be able to modify the exposure, color, and white balance of your photos, among other things. Your anamorphic lens may also help pictures appear neat.

 

The larger file sizes that result from shooting in RAW are a drawback. Moreover, RAW photographs usually need some post-processing, so you'll also need to get photo editing software.

 

Still, if you have the time and resources, shooting in RAW may greatly improve the quality of your photographs. Get the best camera and check its handbook for specific information on how to make the transition from jpeg to RAW.

Utilize Higher ISO

High ISO is often avoided by photographers for fear of producing grainy or "noisy" images. There is a time and a place for everything, and although it's true that higher ISO might result in worse picture quality, there are times and places when it's necessary.

 

It's preferable to have a crisp shot with some noise than no photo at all, and you can always edit out the noise in post-processing if necessary if you can't use a slower shutter speed owing to motion blur.

 

And with the advancements in camera technology over the last several years, stunning images can be taken at ISO settings as high as 6400.

 

A larger aperture might help reduce noise while shooting at higher ISOs. It may also be beneficial to slightly overexpose your picture. This will not add noise when you make the bright sections darker in post-processing, it will only be when you make the dark areas lighter.

Conclusion

It's easy to feel discouraged when your images turn out overexposed, unfocused, or poorly composed, but you shouldn't allow that to stop you from learning from your mistakes. If you take a terrible picture again, don't instantly delete it.

 

Look at the picture carefully to figure out where you went wrong and how you can fix it!

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