6 Random (Yet Helpful) Beginning Photography Tips

There are some things that just don’t fit neatly inside a box. (You may even be one of theses things).

Well, there are some tips that just don’t fit neatly inside a post topic, so I created a post topic just for them. I know, special.

Tip #1: Use a Fast Shutter Speed When You Zoom

Example of Focus Point on Side (Tip #3)

This should be easy to remember since “zoom” and “fast” go so well together.

When you zoom in, any little movement on your part will affect the picture more. Think of how stable image is when you just use your eyes compared to when you look through high-powered binoculars. This is the same concept.

To make up for it, use a fast shutter speed (such as 1/250 of a second). If the shutter opens and closes lightening-quick, then you hand won’t have time to shake the image. Continue reading “6 Random (Yet Helpful) Beginning Photography Tips”

Zoom Lenses vs. Fixed Lenses

Zoom lens vs prime lens

Zoom lens vs prime lens

First off, another name for a fixed-length lens is a prime lens, but don’t let that throw you off…. If you want a sharp picture you must use a fixed lens. End of story.

Just kidding. I probably got a few people in a huff there. But you will come across people who swear by fixed lenses and those who swear by zoom lenses. I own and use both. It really comes down to personal preference. My personal preference changes depending on what I’m photographing and what mood I’m in. Continue reading “Zoom Lenses vs. Fixed Lenses”

Understanding Aperture: the Key to Being Artistic

f/5.6 Aperture Example
f/5.6 Aperture Example
f/5.6 Aperture Example / Photo by Rachael Olson

People often ask me how to get a blurry background. Something about a blurry background makes people think “professional”.

First, if you want to sound cool, call it bokeh (pronounced: boke-uh), which means “haze” or “blur” in Japanese.

Next, you need to understand depth of field. This way, you don’t let in just enough light, but instead you control depth of field to achieve what you want artistically. Continue reading “Understanding Aperture: the Key to Being Artistic”