Photography for Beginners: Things You Should Know

Like in the case of any other profession, being a photographer requires a specific set of skills, including creativity, allowing one to capture shots that can effectively send a message. No one is born a photographer. The best photographers learn through consistent practice and having the determination to improve in their craft. They did not capture the best shot in just a single take. With this, in the rest of this post, I will share with you some of the things that will be helpful for aspiring photographers. Through these tips, every novice in photography can learn a thing or two.

Rule of Thirds

This is perhaps one of the first things that you should know when it comes to photography. This is taught in every photography course and you will find it very useful in framing the perfect shot. Even if you are just using your mobile phone to snap a photo, this rule will still be applicable. Based on the principles of the rule of thirds, your subject should never be placed in the center. The screen of your camera has an option where you can have a grid. There will be two vertical lines and two horizontal lines, dividing the screen into 9 squares. For better composition, the subject should be placed along the lines or the intersection, but never inside any of the circles.

Learn Technical Details

Getting technical with your shots can prove to be a difficult thing to learn. By being technical, this means that you should learn these three things:

  • ISO/Exposure: This is all about the sensitivity of your camera with light. If the ISO is high, it will allow you to take clearer photos even if the environment has low light. However, this will result into having a shot that appears to be grainier. With this, a lower ISO setting is often preferred, but such is not always possible, especially when shooting in a dark place.
  • Aperture: It is indicative of the focal length and is all about the size of the opening of the camera’s lens. If the aperture is higher, it simply means that there is a smaller hole allowing the entry of light, and hence, resulting into better sharpness and focus. On the other hand, when the opening is larger, the objects on the background will tend to be out of focus.
  • Shutter Speed: This basically refers to how long the shutter will remain to be open. If it is opened longer, more light will be allowed. If it is left open for a longer span of time, motion in the photo will be shown. When it is opened for a shorter time, on the other hand, only a single moment will be shown.

Keep it Stable

Many beginners in photography tend to have a problem with stabilization. This means that you can end up having a blurry shot. The number one culprit for such is the shaking of your hand, which is especially true if the camera is heavier than what you can comfortably handle. You might want to consider using the built-in flash in low light conditions to have more stable shots.  The best solution is to use a tripod. There are also many cameras with more advanced features like an optical image stabilization.

Consider Post-Processing

The photos that you can see in magazines, websites, and other materials are most often not the original shots. They have undergone post-processing in order to provide them with sharper colors and richer appearance. With this, more than photography, you should also know how to use editing or post-processing software, like in the case of Photoshop. This will make it easy for you to improve the composition of your photo.

Choose the Right Camera

If you are a beginner, choose a camera that is suited for your level of knowledge and skills. Never make the mistake of buying an expensive camera that is meant for the pros. Start with a cheap and basic model with features that are easy to use. See to it that the camera is intuitive so that it will make things easier to learn for you.

Keep on Practicing

Let me tell you, it is not going to be easy. I have heard of many people who started out full of enthusiasm but they soon gave up because things proved to be harder than what they thought. I suggest that you just keep on practicing until you reach perfection in your craft. Take pictures of the best pack and play for travel, random strangers, your dinner for tonight, your bedroom, or the garden outside your house. Snap photos of random subjects. Let your creativity flow. Before you even take a shot, think of the message you would want to convey. Every picture should have meaning for your shots to be appreciated by other people.

Is there any tip that I missed? Feel free to comment below and share with us your thoughts.


Mobile Phones: The Camera of the New Era

In 1500, the first pinhole camera has been introduced, which served as the inspiration for the models that are to come out in the succeeding years. In 1900, the Reise Camera was developed and was considered to be the first true portable camera because it is lightweight, compact, and can be folded. The Polaroid Model 95 came out in 1947, which made it easier to have the photos made available in print. In 1975, Kodak came up with the first digital camera. In 2000, another major innovation took place. The Sharp J-SH04 has been introduced, a cellphone with a tiny camera. This has signaled the marriage between a camera and a mobile phone, which became more popular with the introduction of the first iPhone in 2007. From that time, until now, cameras have transformed. From being bulky, they are now handy and could easily fit in your pocket.

Best Camera Phones of the Year

To prove that mobile phones are the new camera of the modern age, we will list down five of the best today and look at their top-notch features, with focus on their camera.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 5: This is one of the newest smartphones to date. While the camera is outstanding, one of the major problems is its size. It is too big and can hardly fit in the palm of one’s hand. One-handed operation can be difficult. This premium phone comes with a premium design, and obviously, a premium price. It comes with a 16-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front camera. It also comes with an Auto HDR feature and optical image stabilization, making it possible to make every shot Instagram-worthy.
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge: When it was released earlier his year, hopes were high that it is going to dominate the market. It featured a radical change in design from the previous models. The unibody design takes out the removable battery and SD card. It is now also made of more expensive and sophisticated-looking glass and metal. Performance-wise, it did not fail to meet expectations. The native camera app is laid clean and can shoot at 16 megapixels from the back and 5 megapixels from the front. There are various on-screen controls and editing features to challenge your creativity. If you want to take a selfie, there is a sensor at the back, which will make the phone automatically snap a shot of you.
  • Apple iPhone 6: Being a leader in innovation, Apple never fails to captivate the attention of the public in every smartphone that it brings to the market. The iPhone 6 is an example of how they can bring frenzy to their loyal fans. From design to performance including camera quality, it is a favored brand. It comes with the newly-developed A8 processor, which is known for being quicker. The camera also undergone significant improvements. With the improved auto focus, it will be easier to focus on your chosen subject. It has what they call focus pixels, which made the camera better than previous models. The rear camera is 8 megapixels.
  • LG G4: Although it may not be as popular as Samsung and Apple, LG is another brand that is redefining cameras in mobile phones today. This brand is their flagship phone and there is no wonder why it is filled with powerful features. The big screen has a sharp display, which means that pictures will also look better when viewed. The camera also has a 16-megapixel resolution. One of the most advanced features of the camera is its ability to shoot in JPEG or raw file format.

Top 5 Cameras for your Travel

In today’s time, traveling is never complete without pictures. Whether they are to brag to your friends about your holiday or simply to keep memories from your trip, a camera should never be forgotten. For some, their mobile phone is enough to capture beautiful memories. For others, however, they need to have an actual camera. In this case, if you are looking for the best camera that you can bring in your travels, keep on reading and we will let you know some of the best brands and models that can be taken into consideration.

GoPro Hero 4

The following are some of the main features of this camera:

  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Professional Audio Performance
  • Auto Low Light Mode

Compared to the other models that are mentioned in the rest of this post. GoPro Hero 4 is an action camera, which explains why it is significantly smaller. This is the perfect choice for people who are adventurous and on-the-go. It comes with a rugged case that makes it perfect for thrilling activities, such as diving, sky diving, and motocross, among other adventures you can have on your trip.

One of the best things about the Hero 4 is its connectivity. You can use the small remote to have it controlled. Alternatively, you can download the GoPro app on your smartphone and use it to control the device, as well as in viewing the photos you have captured.

Olympus Tough TG3

The following are some of the main features of this camera:

  • Waterproof up to 50 feet
  • 3-inch OLED Monitor
  • 16-megapixel Sensor

Bringing a camera when traveling can be annoying because of its weight. With Olympus TG3, on the other hand, this should never be an issue. It has a compact body, although not as small as the GoPro Hero4. Even in spite of its small size, it is jam-packed in terms of features. It can survive a depth of up to 50 feet, making it perfect for those snorkeling trips that you are planning.

One of the many reasons why you should have this camera is its toughness. It is built to withstand shock, dust, and freezing. It is perfect if you are an adventurous traveler. The Wi-Fi feature is also great as it makes it easy to share your latest travel photos to make your friends wish they were with you.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

The following are some of the main features of this camera:

  • Interchangeable Lens
  • HD Video
  • Wi-Fi Connectivity

For the stylish photographer, this is perhaps one of the best cameras to have when traveling. Aside from its compact size, it also shoots excellently and has an unrivalled image quality. In terms of flexibility, it can be used with lenses from Olympus, Panasonic, and Leica. It comes with an excellent hand grip, making it stable and easy to hold. It may be larger and heavier than most point and shoot cameras, but the added weight should be alright because of its quality.

In one edition of the National Geographic magazine, this camera has been used to take pictures of the Outer Banks in North Carolina. The pictures looked very professional, which is an obvious indication of how it can rival many cameras within the marketplace.

Fujifilm XT1

The following are some of the main features of this camera:

  • HD Video
  • Interchangeable Lens
  • Electronic Viewfinder

When it was released in 2014, it did not take long before it was able to captivate the attention of many travelers and photography enthusiasts. The retro style of this camera will make you reminiscent of the film cameras of the 1970s. Even if the look is vintage, the functionality is ultra-modern, especially when it comes to speed.

To further lure the market, more than its aesthetics, the company also asserted that this camera has the fastest auto focus in the market at .08 seconds. Its autofocus is indeed a huge improvement from other models of the same series in the past. More so, the company also highlights its weather-resistant body, making it perfect for tough adventures during your travels.

Nikon S9500

The following are some of the main features of this camera:

  • 22x Zoom Super Telephoto Lens
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and GPS
  • 1-megapixel CMOS Sensor

The cameras that have been mentioned above have advanced features and they may be difficult for beginners to use. With such, if you are a novice photographer, this is most probably one of the best cameras you can take with you when you travel. It is slim and stylish, making it the ideal companion for your holiday.

Because it is built specifically for beginners, there are no manual modes in this camera. There are various auto modes, which eliminates the need to figure out the right settings for every shot that will be taken. It is also a good thing that it has a Wi-Fi functionality, making it quicker to have the photos shared.


Photography in the Age of Social Media

Today, more than ever, a lot of people are being hooked with photography, considering it as their “hobby”. For some, it can be considered as a genuine interest, especially those who invest a lot in their equipment and those who consider it as their main source of income. For others, however, their photography skills are limited to what their smartphones can snap. Don’t get me wrong! There is nothing bad about it. In fact, I am one of the first ones to admit that I take countless photos every day, especially when I am on a holiday. In an era that is dominated by the internet, especially social media, has photography changed? If yes, in what ways? Keep on reading and learn more.

Photography as a Business


In today’s modern time, social media provides a platform not only for photos to be uploaded and seen, but also to start a business. Many people who have photography skills sell their phots as a product or as a service with the help of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media sites where their photos can be shared. These sites are also used as effective marketing channels for reaching their prospects. Because of social media, it becomes easier for photographers to be noticed online and hence, to make money out of their hobby.

If you have a photography business, the following are some of the tips that can help you to maximize the use of social media for your benefit:

  • Setup a Facebook Page: With billions of users all over the globe, Facebook is one of the most influential social media platforms. It also has a robust advertising feature that will provide you with cost-effective means of advertising your photography products and services.
  • Optimize Photos for Search Engines: Adding captions and tags for your photos is one thing that is necessary in order to be found online. You should be familiar with search engine algorithms and plan keywords to be used to increase the likelihood of being found online.
  • Learn from Competition: You are not the only one who intends to make money out of photography and social media. There are millions of other people who wish to do the same. You should take time to study their strategies and to learn from their success stories in order to reap success.

The Rise of Filters

Instagram is perhaps one of the most popular social media platform for sharing photos. It is loaded with different filters that can be used to tweak photos and to improve their appearance. Before one can even upload photos online, the process would usually involve having to discern which filter is going to be perfect. Is it destroying the art of photography? I honestly believe that it is not. Rather, it is making people more creative with their photos. However, there should be limitations on its use. Filters should never be used in excess, especially to a point wherein the image is already being too far from its original.

To Post or Not to Post?

For sure, you have had days wherein you were just annoyed because a friend has flooded your social media feed with photos on a vacation. Minute after minute, you can see an update about where she is, what she is doing, what she is eating, and who she is with. One of the etiquettes that should be learned deals with when to post and when not to post. The following are some of the essential considerations:

  • Are you doing something illegal? If yes, then just do not post the photo. Keep it to yourself. You do not want to get in trouble with the authorities.
  • Is the photo decent? Sure, your body is a wonderland. But, do you really need to share a picture of you in a state wherein you are almost naked?
  • Is it offensive? A lot of photos posted over social media have generated outrage because they offend a religion, race, or other people, among others.
  • Have you posted too much? Some say that three photos a day in Instagram should be the maximum. Do not annoy people by posting successive photos, especially if they are nonsense.

In sum, photography is a huge part of social media. Whether it is for business or personal, social media platforms provide effective channels for photos to be appreciated and sold. According to recent statistics, 350 million photos are shared daily on Facebook, 55 million on Instagram, 400 million on WhatsApp, and 450 million on Snapchat. The numbers will continue to grow in the future. We are living in an era that is obsessed with selfies, or photography in general. More so, we live in a time wherein social media is part of our daily lives. Therefore, the marriage between photography and social media is something that is always bound to happen.


Making Money Online: Spotlight on Photography

It is hard to imagine life nowadays without the internet. Sure, it has made our lives convenient in ways more than one. It has made it easy to defy geographical boundaries and to easily connect with our loved ones. It has been an instrument that nurtured relationships, old or new. It has redefined the way entertainment is enjoyed by us. It has also changed the business landscape. Nowadays, even if you do not have the luxury of capital, you can start your own business utilizing the online platform. In this case, one of the things that you can sell through the internet would be photography, whether as a product or as a service.

How To Make Money from your Photos

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The good thing about photography is that there are countless ways by which you can sell your skills. For instance, you can sell digital copies of your photos online. You can also use your photos for graphic design, such as for websites or for marketing materials of different businesses. More so, you can have your photos printed in different materials, such as shirts or postcards and have them sold online. You can also start your own photography business. Create your own website or social media account to advertise your services and to reach potential clients. Truth be told, the sky is the limit! Your creativity will take you places and will fuel differ ideas on how you can generate income from your photography skills.

Websites Where You Can Sell Your Photos

If you want to sell your photos online, the following are some of the best websites that can be taken into consideration:

  • iStock Photo: For every user who will download your photo, you will earn 15% royalty. You can also choose to work as an exclusive distributor and earn up to 45%. This website has features where you can interact with other people and learn about tips and trends to make more money from photography.
  • SmugMug: This is the perfect choice for anyone who is looking for a user-friendly platform that can provide a platform to upload portfolio of works completed in the past. You will be provided with the freedom to choose your own price at which you would like your photos to be sold.
  • Shutterstock: With a record of more than 350 million downloaded photos, there is no doubt that this is one of the most popular websites where you can upload photos to be sold. You can earn up to $28 from every image that is sold. If you are a novice, read their Contributor Success Guide to gain insights on how to create photos that sell.
  • Fotolia: This is another website that is known for being user-friendly and having an attractive payout. It is a community that is consists of more than four million buyers in different countries. Royalty for each photo sold can reach as much as 63%.
  • Dreamstime: The reputation of this website is one of the many things that make it popular. In order to get started, you need to submit an application and their editors will decide whether you will be accepted or not. Once you are accepted and a photo of yours is sold, you can earn royalty amounting to up to 50%. You can also earn an additional 10% if you agree to be an exclusive photographer for the site.

Tips for Success

Although selling photos online or offering photography services in an online platform can be a good opportunity to earn money, success can be elusive for some. In this case, it is important to keep in mind the following things to increase the likelihood of succeeding:

  • Build your Skills: There are many aspiring photographers who rely on the internet to earn money. The market is saturated. Therefore, it is important to stand out from the rest. Invest in your knowledge and skills. One thing that you can do is to enroll in photography courses to enhance your capabilities and build your credentials.
  • Invest in your Equipment: Great photography is not just all about innate skills. It will be greatly influenced by the equipment that you have, such as camera and lens.
  • Marketing is Key: Whether it is through having your personal website or enhanced social media presence, marketing is important to increase awareness about your photography products and services.
  • Price it Right: It is undeniable that people make purchasing decisions based on price. Therefore, make sure that your pricing is not too high or too low. Research about how much the market is willing to pay or how the competitors are handling their pricing strategies.
  • Patience is a Virtue: Like in all other channels that can be utilized to earn money, success cannot be reaped overnight. Your photos may be rejected by submission sites or your clients may not like your work. Use these situations as your inspiration to go further and prove your worth.