Step 1: Before you start, get to know your camera
- Take the time to discover the camera and to read the manual to make sure that you are using it properly.
- Learn the basics such as framing, zooming in and out, using the flash, and how to focus on the right object.
- You may find it helpful to look for some online tutorial videos on your camera.
Step 2: Turn on your camera
- Make sure your camera has at least a charged battery and a memory card inserted.
- Set your camera to a correct shooting mode.
- Some people prefer automatic modes, others choose the manual mode. While manual mode gives us full control of the settings, auto modes or pre-determined settings will guide us ideal settings for different conditions and can be helpful when we are in rush and don’t have enough time to adjust the settings.
- You may want to try all the modes to find out which one you prefer for usual shooting and become familiar with all the modes.
Step 3: Set your camera’s resolution as high as possible
- Low-resolution photos make it difficult to edit later.
- Shoot in high resolution even though you don’t need high-resolution photos. You can resize them later. It’s better to downsize photos than upsize them.
- High-quality photos take up more memory, so you may want to get a larger memory card.
Step 4: Hold your camera properly
- It is important to hold your camera with both hands so that you can have the most control of it. Use your right hand to hold the camera body and your left hand to hold your lens.
- With both hands, it is easier to keep your camera steady and to adjust the camera settings.
- Hold your camera as steadily as possible if you don’t want blurry photos. Holding your elbows close to your body also help steady the camera.
Step 5: Find your subject
- Look for something you find interesting.
- It can be a person, an animal, some flowers or landscape.
- Observe the subject carefully so that you can see and avoid distracting elements, and find an emphasis for the subject.
Step 6: Look for the light source
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- Identify where the light is coming from to ensure your subject get the best lighting.
- Make sure the light is illuminating your subject properly or you may need some techniques to diffuse the light such as get your subject into a shaded area, or using a diffuser.
- Avoid taking pictures when the main light source directly behind you. Because this makes your subject look flat in the photo.
- Taking photos outdoor during golden hour can add visual effects to your photos.
Step 7: Framing your shots
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- Give some time to think about the composition of your shot. Think about the story you want to tell with your photos.
- Make sure you are filling the frame with your subject(s). Because unnecessary empty space can take the emphasis away from the subject.
- Try framing with different angles and ranges to find the right spot.
Step 8: Focus on your subject and take the photo
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- Pressing halfway down the shutter button to focus on the subject.
- Then press all the way down to take a picture.
Step 9: Review your photo
- You may want to take a few more pictures to ensure quality and satisfaction.
- Review those photos to make sure all or some of them look good.
- If not, try taking pictures again.
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