So, you want to buy a digital camera to impress your mates with. Seeing them clicking away to their heart's content makes you want to get one of your own, doesn't it?
However, do you even know what you're getting yourself into?
If you're one of those technically-challenged individuals who have trouble getting the coffee maker to work in the morning, then you best read on. It's best to learn basic photography and then make a total fool of yourself by ruining the one your aunt Selma bought you.
It's best to know your preferences before shelling out oodles of cash for a camera which turns out to be unsuitable for your amateurish requirements. The first thing to look out for, and which most people overlook, is to check the battery life of the camera you wish to purchase if you want to remain in shutterbug mode for a longer while.
Don't worry. Usually, buying a camera with good battery life won't leave a dent in your wallet.
The next thing which you should look out for is to check the number of megapixels. This pertains to the amount of fine detail you'll be able to capture with your digital camera. Usually, the range of pixels ranges from 2 to 12 depending on your preferences.
Better stick to the former if you're only interested in taking your average pictures to post on the web and email to friends. Take out the big guns (5 megapixel and above) if you want large printouts of your hard earned shots.
If you want to take up photography as a hobby, then you'll definitely crave for a camera with a decent optical zoom. This feature physically moves the camera lens as close to the subject as you want without freaking them out, and takes great pictures.
Beware of getting the digital zoom though! As compared to the former, a digital zoom only averages and magnifies the image, ruining the picture quality in the process.
Photographer waiting for nice light
All set to start clicking away now?
Can you feel the adrenaline coursing through your veins as you eye your brand new (preferably adequate) digital camera shining in your hands?
Don't touch that camera yet. Choosing a camera will only get your foot in the door of shutterbug heaven. Read the following tips before even thinking of going outside with your hard earned instrument.
Before venturing outside, make sure that you have extra batteries in your camera bag. You'll tear your hair out if you manage to let a prime photo opportunity go past you just because your camera ran out of juice. Oh, and make sure that BOTH are fully charged as well as taking double the amount of batteries, if you plan on taking a longer trip.
Make sure to check if the memory is loaded
However, if you prefer to shoot indoors, take the battery charger with you. When you are all prepared to start snapping, make sure to check if the memory is loaded (nothing personal, but in my experience, most people fail to do even that).
Also, make sure that you pack a tripod, an extra lens, and a filter. Your friend's snickering doesn't help your image any, but it's best to be safe than sorry if you manage to let a prime photo opportunity get past you.
You are finally ready to start snapping!
As the person holding the instrument which is the key to everyone's memories, you have almost unlimited access to personal space. Even though the rules of etiquette dictate otherwise, it's ok to ignore this clause when it comes to taking the prime shot.
Depending on the type of zoom lens you have, you have to be close enough to the subject to fill at least 80-85% of the frame with the background contributing up to 15%.
Be sure to maintain a relaxed stance when getting ready to snap. Plant both feet firmly on the ground, tuck your elbows tightly against your body and gently squeeze the shutter. If you fail to curb your enthusiasm, you'll only find blurred shots in your camera memory. Plus, don't be nervous if you forgot the tripod. Just brace yourself against anything sturdy (like a tree, a rock, or your Uncle Bruno) before taking the shot.
So, whether you want to learn basic photography or buy a new camera of the digital variety, you know where and how to start. And remember.
Nothing beats taking the prime photograph than lots of practice.
I hope you found this article on "learn basic photography" useful!