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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesVisual ArtsPhotography · 10 years ago

Beginner Photographer - Tips, Tricks, Ideas, Advice?

I recently purchased a new camera - Nikon D3100 SLR 18-55mm NIKKOR VR Lens.

I LOVE IT, i enjoy using it and just taking casual pictures and what not.

The problem is, since im a Girl people usually think of me as taking pictures of myself (BLEH) i dont like to sit infront of a camera and take pictures of myself. No offence to other girls, just not my style.

I often take really good pictures of my neice and when i go to weddings i take nice pictures...

I want to get better and learn more ways of taking proffessional pics - Im also very good at photoshop- i mean i know all the tools and everything, but i feel as though im not good enough at all, i see people with such amazing photographs i feel like crap!

I want some advice or tips or tricks that can help me become better and better!

No rude comments please... I just need some help... :)

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  • EDWIN
    Lv 7
    10 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    Learn everything there is to know about your camera. So read & study the Owner's Manual. This site will also help you:

    http://www.nikondigitutor.com/eng/d3100/index.html Who better than Nikon to teach you to use your Nikon D3100?

    My tips for better pictures:

    1) Always shoot at your camera's highest resolution. Memory cards are cheap so why risk shooting at a lower resolution. How would you feel if you made a really good picture at a low resolution and then couldn't print it bigger than A6 (approx. 4'' x 6'')?

    2) Always use the lowest ISO possible. Although your D3100 does pretty good at higher ISO settings a lower ISO will always give you a better image file.

    3) Shoot in NEF (RAW) + Fine JPEG. If you aren't familiar with what RAW is these sites will explain it:

    http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tutorials/unders...

    http://www.digital-photography-school.com/raw-vs-j...

    http://www.jmg-galleries.com/articles/raw_vs_jpeg_...

    4) Learn about light, composition, exposure and Depth of Field (DOF). These sites will help you:

    http://www.digital-photography-school.com/

    http://www.illustratedphotography.com/photography-...

    http://www.kamerasimulator.se/eng/?page_id=2

    http://www.dofmaster.com/dofjs.html

    Although I shoot mostly landscapes, here are additional thoughts I believe will help you.

    Since you aren't a statue don't act like one when you're out with your camera. When a scene catches your attention don't just point & shoot. Look at it with a landscape orientation. Look at it with a portrait orientation. Move to your right. Move to your left. Look at it standing, kneeling, sitting, even flat on your belly. If those wildflowers are only 6'' tall your camera should be at their level. If those flowers are tall try shooting them from below. Zoom in. Zoom out.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/drifter45h/3581810196...

    Learn to pay as much attention to everything else in the frame as you do to your subject. Learn to look for any possible distractions - litter, power lines, a dead tree branch, a pole or tree that appears to "grow" out of your subject's head, a blown-out or just plain dull sky, a bright area that will be overexposed in the background or foreground. In other words, anything that you don't want to include in your picture or that will distract from your subject. Usually a small change in your composition will eliminate or at least minimize such distractions. Sure, you can use your editing program to "correct" some of those distractions but that means time spent at your computer that could be spent with your camera. Always strive to "Get it right in the camera."

    Don't be afraid of backlit subjects. If you think those flowers or Fall leaves look pretty in the sunlight try shooting from behind the petals or leaves with the light shining through them. I often wonder if that was the inspiration for stained glass. http://www.flickr.com/photos/drifter45h/4032748624... If you look at the other pictures of this scene you'll see I tried several versions. This one is my favorite.

    For nature and landscape photography I consider a tripod as mandatory. 99% of the time my camera is on my tripod. I also shoot in Aperture Priority because it allows me to fully control my DOF. I also consider a circular polarizer as mandatory for landscape photography when a lot of sky is involved.

    Items you might want to consider buying if you don't already have them:

    1) An external flash like the Nikon SB-600 AF Speedlight. Nothing will improve your indoor pictures more than being able to use bounce flash.

    2) The Nikon AF-S 50mm f1.8G. This fast prime lens will prove invaluable in low-light situations where you can't/don't want to use your SB-600.

    3) A good tripod. If you do an on-line search for 'how to choose a tripod' you'll find several helpful articles.

    4) A Skylight or Haze/UV filter to protect the front element of your lens.

    5) A Circular Polarizer. Use it to darken a blue sky or to remove/reduce glare/reflections from glass, snow, water, sand or painted metal - but not polished metal.

    Don't go cheap on your tripod or filters. Manfrotto, Gittos, Slik, Benro are all good tripod brands. B+W, Hoya, Heliopan, Tiffen are all good filter brands. Remember this: "A cheap tripod/filter isn't good and a good tripod/filter isn't cheap." and this: "Quality doesn't cost, it pays." A good quality tripod or filter will, with reasonable care, last you a very long time. I still use a Tiffen circular polarizer I bought almost 40 years ago.

    Photography is an on-going never ending learning experience.

    Feel free to email me if you have additional questions.

    Source(s): 40 years of learning about and enjoying photography.
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  • 10 years ago

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  • 10 years ago

    Learn about your camera !!!!

    Read your manual !!!! Read it several times, and practice in between. If you don't have a book, download a new one from the manufacturer's website.

    Attend a class, read some books, read/watch online tutorials.

    The major camera manufacturers (like Canon, Nikon, Olympus etc) all have very useful sections on their website for learning about photography.

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