Digital photography has changed how we take pictures. You don’t have to be a professional photographer. You don’t need a high-end camera either. The first thing you need to do to improve your digital photography is read your camera manual and it doesn’t matter whether it’s for your phone camera or your DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) camera. If you understand how it works, you will be able to use the settings to the best advantage. Having said that, when I first started shooting in digital I really wished for some simple instructions that were easier to follow than taking out the manual every time. This is the result. Please feel free to comment or ask questions.
Do all photos need to be tweaked once they are loaded on your computer?
Yes! Digital photography works differently than film. No matter how perfect the photos are in the camera, just moving them to the computer causes some degradation and we need adjust the image.
Do you need expensive software for this?
No. Although I use Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, there are some good alternatives. GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is an excellent open source software that can do lots of things you need in your digital darkroom. It works on both Windows and Mac and is available in several languages. Best of all, it’s free and you can download it here. All imaging software is pretty similar. Once you understand the basics, you can translate it to any software that has editing capabilities. Having said all that, it’s pretty hard to beat Lightroom and I highly recommend buying it. Another one I use and love is Affinity. It’s a relatively new kid on the block and is worth having a look at. Check it out here.
Learning to see is another important part of taking better pictures. There are some simple rules to follow that will make a big difference in your results. Explore the tutorials and learn about things like composition and the rule of thirds.
Do you need special equipment?
No, you don’t need anything more than your point-and-shoot, DSLR. or phone to start exploring digital photography. We will talk about ‘nice to haves’ as the course progresses, but for now, you have everything you need.
While lenses and tripods are on the wish list, there is a lot you can do with what you have in your hands right now.
Remember: learn the rules in digital photography before you break them
Now let get started and have some fun! Who knows? With some practice and experience in digital photography, you may soon be earning money with your photos