One of the best things about photography is that it can be a very personal hobby. Everyone has their own techniques and tips that work best for them, and there is no right or wrong way to take photos. That being said, if you are just starting out in photography, it can be helpful to learn some of the basics from those who have been doing it for a while. So, in this blog post, we will share eleven jaw-dropping photography tips for beginners. Enjoy!

1. Get the Right Gear

If you are just starting out in photography, one of the first things that you will need to do is buy some gear. There are a lot of different types of cameras and lenses that you can choose from, so knowing where to start can be hard. The best place to begin is with what your friends have, or see if any of your family members have any equipment that they would be willing to lend or sell to you. This way you won’t break your piggy bank when buying your first camera.

Once you have gotten all the necessary pieces for photographing items for sale on eBay, it’s time to learn about which settings work best for certain situations. Auto mode might seem simple enough but there are plenty of other modes that can help you take even better photos. For example, if you are taking a photo of someone in front of a landscape it would probably be best to use portrait mode so that the background is blurry and your subject pops. This is known as bokeh, many professional photographers try to achieve this look to make their images stand out even more.

2. Learn How Different Settings Work Before Getting Started

There are all sorts of buttons on your camera. It might seem overwhelming at first, especially because there’s no way for you to tell which buttons do what without trying them or doing some research. To get your feet wet with photography, start by turning on your camera in auto mode and go from there. Auto mode will allow you to take pictures without much thought. Once you feel comfortable enough with your camera, see what the other modes do and sound like, like aperture priority mode or manual mode.

3. Go Beyond Auto Mode

Auto mode works great for some situations, but it can cause trouble if you don’t understand how aperture or shutter speed work. If one of these settings is off even the tiniest bit, your images might turn out blurry or dark when you are trying to capture a fast-moving object. To avoid this problem, throw your camera in aperture priority mode (A) before taking action shots that involve movement, then after each click make sure that the image looks properly exposed. You can also try playing around with shutter speeds – the longer the shutter speed, the more light that gets into the lens and onto the sensor.

4. Make Your Images Pop with Color and Contrast

For most beginners, photography can be a bit daunting at first. However, there is something simple that everyone should try at least once: play around with your camera’s color and contrast settings. These two features are both found on most cameras but will look slightly different depending on what make and model you have purchased.

Contrast allows you to either brighten or darken an image based off of how light or dark it was when you first took it. This works great for images that have very bright and sunny backgrounds because it can help draw attention to your subject without making them seem too washed out.

On the other hand, color levels let you make an image’s colors either richer or more vibrant. This is great for images of nature because it can help bring out all the different shades of green grass and blue skies without making your subject blend in with their surroundings.

There are a lot of different features that you can play around with on your camera, so don’t be afraid to experiment! Also, if you aren’t sure how a certain feature works, just do a quick Google search before using it next time – this way you will avoid wasting any film.

5. Take Advantage of Natural Light

The best type of lighting for beginners is natural light from the sun. It’s free and easy to find. For example, if you have a window in your office or bedroom, try taking photos near it to see what kind of images come out. If your room is too dark for natural light to reach you, add some lamps around the room so that they point towards whatever object you are photographing.

6. Stop Using Flash

Often times flash can wash out colors and sometimes make subjects look blurry when they aren’t moving. To avoid this problem, use your camera’s auto focus feature before snapping a photo. Auto focusing will allow you to take a picture without using the flash because it will automatically adjust its settings based off of where your subject is standing which makes it much easier to capture clear shots. Once you start getting comfortable with your camera, try setting the flash to red-eye reduction mode. This pre-flashes the subject’s eyes before it takes a photo, making for a much clearer picture in the end.

7. Compose Your Shots with Care

So, you’ve mastered the use of your camera in automatic mode and can take clear photos without a problem? Great! Now it’s time to learn how to frame your shots properly. Once again, natural lighting is key here. If you have an object right up close in front of you, don’t be afraid to zoom out so that there is an equal amount of background surrounding it – this will make pictures look much more professional. Also, try not to shoot all of your photo’s head on towards the – instead angle them slightly so that the subject is slightly off to either side of the frame.

This will give your photos more depth and help draw attention to your subject without making them look too busy or distracting. To learn more, try taking a few photos of yourself with your cell phone then compare them with some professional headshots – you should be able to spot the difference pretty quickly.

8. Take Lots of Different Shots

Trying new things can always make for great pictures – just take this picture as an example! However, if you aren’t sure what kinds of things would work well for your particular camera, there are tons of stock photos out there with ideas on everything from lighting to composition. If you don’t want to spend money on these resources, try doing a quick Google search or asking some friends for their input.

Once you have a good idea of what kinds of things are possible, try taking different shots with your camera – experiment with zooming in and out to see how it changes the overall composition of the picture. Also, try playing around with the lighting using the tips above before snapping any photos – this way you can be sure that you are starting off on the right foot!

9. Use Your Flash Sparingly

Even though flash can help draw attention to your subject, it also tends to flatten colors and distort shadows which makes pictures look artificial. To get around this problem, try moving your subject further away from where your flash is located (the closer something is to the flash the brighter it will be when you take a photo).

If this doesn’t work or doesn’t make sense with your current lighting situation, try creating some shadows by moving around lamps in different ways. Shadows are very prominent in most outdoor shots and can really draw attention to your subject without even using any flash!

10. Add Some Crop

Having trouble fitting everything into the frame? Try adding some extra space on one side of your image that has nothing but white space inside it. This is referred to as ‘cropping’ an image – the less clutter there is in your photos, the better they will look overall. To fill up more of your screen with pictures, try taking several shots similar pictures then choosing only the best parts to put together in one final picture.

11. Use Your Phone’s Camera!

Sometimes it pays to have the right tool for the job – even if that means using your phone’s camera! Don’t discount pictures you take on your phone screen either since they can look great when displayed on a larger screen. To make your photos stand out, try taking them at different times of day (or during certain weather conditions) and play around with different lighting options before taking the photo. The more time you spend playing around with things, the better chance you have of getting professional-looking shots in the end!

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