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Regardless of your end goal, interests or gear, having a solid foundation, in any given field, is an absolute must. 

When it comes to photography, these rules are no different; you have to be thorough with it in all its entirety, beginning with the basic concepts that lay the foundation for photography. 

That said, learning photography is no child’s play, it requires your constant and undivided attention. You will have to acquire a completely new skill set including the basics, such as patience, perseverance and practice.

Therefore, years of practice and experience has brought us to where we are; at DW Images, we are experts who know photography in and out – right from the basics to absolute professional-level photography

This brings us to today’s topic; we’ve curated a list of elements and information you need to know if you’re new to this field. In short, we’ve put together a beginners guide to photography, everything under one roof! 

Let’s dive right in and see what newbie photographers can expect! 

Workings of a Camera

The working of a camera is divided into three main categories, namely – Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO. 

The way your camera operates thus depends on how well these three categories synchronise

That said, let’s move on to in depth information about the elements that make this a worthy beginners guide to photography!

1. Exposure 

If you’re just starting, understanding how exposure works is the key to capturing great images. It will help you take control of your camera and eventually, take better pictures. 

To begin with, shutter speed, aperture and ISO are the elements that work together to create an ideal exposure. 

Other than exposure, these elements also determine a lot of things such as motion blur, digital noise and alterations in depth of field. 

When the three elements are combined, they control the amount of light captured from any given space.  

Naturally, change in one setting will need changes in others for that perfect image. (Given that you are shooting the same photograph with the same lighting)

2. Aperture 

That said, exposure depends on three elements: the most important is aperture; the hole inside the lens through which the light passes. 

Imagine the functioning of the pupil of your eye and compare it with the aperture; the wider the aperture, the more light is allowed to enter and vice versa.

Next, you need to get familiar with the concept of f/numbers. As and when the aperture widens, the f/number gets lower and allows more light into the camera. While this is great for low light, know that it’s going to make the depth of field quite shallow.

3. Shutter Speed

The very first step; setting the aperture decides the amount of light to be passed through the camera until it reaches the shutter. With shutter speed, you need to decide how much of that light you want in the picture. 

Generally, you should prefer a very small fraction of a second (for instance 1/250) to prevent motion blur

However, once you get a hang of it, you can experiment with shutter speed to complement the type of photograph you want

4. ISO 

After passing the lens and being filtered by the shutter speed, the light finally reaches the sensor of your camera. This is where the ISO plays a major role, more importantly, your decision of how to set it. 

The more the ISO, the more the brightness. 

If this sounds easy to you, it’s not. 

This is because with increased ISO, the image quality gradually decreases. There will be more digital noise or in simple terms, more ‘grain’.

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Contact DW Images for Professional Photography 

With over boarding technicalities, you’re bound to feel overwhelmed in the field of photography. DW Images has been in the industry long enough to understand and excel in the technicalities of a camera. 

This blog is your cue to book your appointments for professional photography such as business headshots, amazon photography, product photography and more

To book your appointments, visit our website today!

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