Taking holiday snapshots with your digital camera is one thing but if you want to take powerful landscape photos then you need to keep the following tips in mind. While a good camera can help it won’t matter of you have a Sony, Canon or Olympus digital camera unless you use the correct settings and the right add on equipment. Obviously, the most important decision you will make in landscape photography is the location followed closely by the time of day you take the shots.
Timing Your Photography
Timing for landscape photography is very important and it is best to start early in the morning or late afternoon. This is not only because of the great sunset and sunrise shots you can get but also because of the richer colours and stronger contrast available. Light in the middle of the day tends to be ‘flat’ or in Summer, too bright.
We have all taken snapshots of family and friends with our digital camera and have wanted to capture something special about our subjects. This is especially true when we take photos of family and friends as we have a personal connection with them. So next time you take out your Sony, Canon or Olympus digital camera keep these tips in mind so you can create some memorable portraits of those close to you.
Taking a portrait requires some practise and some forethought about your subject. This will mean thinking about the location of the photos as well as camera settings. There are also different styles to shoot in and this can be posed or candid and both offer opportunities for some great photos.
It is no good just using your digital camera ‘as is’ if you want to have some fun with the shots. Take advantage of simple (or powerful) photo editing software to fix up your photos that have some minor problems or even make an ok photo look fantastic. The following tips will give you an idea of what you can achieve with some basic photo editing. With a little bit of practice you will begin producing amazing digital photography from any camera: Sony, Canon or Olympus digital cameras.
Below we look at a few common problems and how you can fix them with basic computer software:
- Removing red eye
- Cropping an image
- Basic airbrushing techniques
- Automatic photo enhancement
If you want to take advantage of different lenses for your digital camera then you probably want a DSLR as this will allow you to change lenses. While you can find some ‘add-on’ lenses for compact Canon, Sony and Olympus digital camera to try out, the lenses on the DSLRs are usually more robust. That is not to say you need a fancier camera, but having more options when taking photos will give you a better chance of taking fantastic photos.
There are essentially three main types of lenses:
- ‘Normal’ lenses
- Wide angle lenses
- Telephoto lenses
It may seem easier to just put your digital camera on auto and let it take photos for you. However, there are many things you cannot do when you have a camera set to auto. It also makes it more likely that you will not pay as much attention to your framing. So why should you turn that auto button off and when it is it a good idea to leave it on?
For many photographers automatic settings are like a safety net. Unfortunately, this can make for lazy photography and it is much better to try manual settings as it will give you a better idea of how your camera works. You might also want to try the auto setting to give you an idea of how you can alter the shot to make it better.
Shooting Unique Times
Having a digital camera is one thing but using it to its full potential is another. Most people have a camera that they are not even sure how to use and never use it for anything more than simple snapshots. While a compact Olympus digital camera may be perfect for this you may want to push the boundaries on something like a DSLR camera. How can you make the most out of your digital camera?
The main thing to do is to use your camera as often as you can. Here are some other points to consider as well:
- Learn about your specific camera
- Learn about photography in general
- Learn what you want to do with your camera
- Learn how to use attachments
The best way to improve with your Canon, Sony or Olympus digital camera is to experiment and more importantly, have fun! However, it can be hard to make to most of your digital camera if you are stuck for inspiration. This is why many photographers use set exercises to improve how they take photos. Here are four fantastic ideas to keep your photography skills improving.
Make Boring Beautiful
A skill of some of the best artists is their ability to make something that could be described as boring beautiful. A good example is Andy Warhol’s many works including the Campbell Soup tins and his other exploration of pop culture. Start this exercise by finding something ‘boring’ around your home and neighbourhood and seeing how you can take more exciting photos of it.
When we take photos with a digital camera it is easy to ignore your mistakes as you can simply delete them. Unlike the old days when developing film could be an expensive exercise, we tend not to pay as much attention to each individual shot. No matter what brand you are using, be it Canon, Sony or Olympus digital cameras, it is important to consider the mistakes you make when taking photos and how to avoid them.
We all want to improve with our photography and this means we only keep the ‘good’ shots that we take. Any mistakes that are made are quickly covered up by the delete button. So should you be saving some of those mistakes?
Holding Off on the Delete Button
If you have an expensive digital camera the last thing you want to do is see it damaged or broken. If you are going on holiday the chances of this happening increase exponentially as you are always carrying your camera or throwing into overhead compartments. So how can you protect both your camera and the holiday snaps you will be taking with it?
Here are the most important things to consider when travelling with your camera:
- Packing your camera correctly
- Using a protective case for your camera
- Awareness of your surroundings
- Keeping an eye on your camera
If you do all of these things properly you will reduce the chances of your camera being damaged, broken or (heaven forbid!) stolen.
Timing is so important in photography because every use of your digital camera results in capturing a moment. If your timing is off you may miss out on something very special. This is why a high speed Sony, Canon or Olympus digital camera will stop you missing perfect photo opportunities. You also have to know how to use your camera correctly and to adapt to different photographic situations accordingly.
Photography may produce still images but life is always moving around, light changes, and moments pass. Different lenses can help you capture a wider or closer shot or you may benefit simply by having your camera constantly turned on. Iconic photographic images were results of people being in the right place at the right time with a camera.
Spotting Photo Opportunities