Basic Photography Tips You Must and Not Avoid as a Beginner (part-1)

  1. Use the Rule of Thirds

If you want to take pictures that have a “wow” factor built in them, the rule of thirds is the composition secret you need to take advantage of!

To use the rule of thirds, imagine four lines, two lying horizontally across the image and two vertical creating nine even squares. Some images will look best with the focal point in the center square, but placing the subject off-center at one of the intersecting points of the imaginary lines will often create a more aesthetically composed photograph.

A picture composed using the rule of thirds is usually more pleasing to the eye.


  1. Avoid Camera Shake

You need to learn how to hold your camera correctly; use both hands, one around the body and one around the lens and hold the camera close to your body for support.

For handheld shooting, make sure that you are using a shutter speed that is appropriate for your lens’ focal length. If your shutter speed is too slow, any unintentional movement of the camera will result in your entire photograph coming out blurry. Use a tripod or monopod whenever possible.


  1. Learn to use the Exposure Triangle

To get the best photos out of your camera, you need to master the three basics: Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO.

You need to understand the relationships between these three controls. When you adjust one of them, you would usually have to consider at least one of the others, to get the desired results.

Using Auto mode takes care of these controls, but you pay the price of not getting your photos to look the way you wanted them, and often disappointing.


  1. Create a Sense of Depth

When photographing landscapes, it helps to create a sense of depth, in other words, make the viewer feel like they are there.

Use a wide-angle lens for a panoramic view and a small aperture of 1/16 or smaller to keep the foreground and background sharp. Placing an object or person in the foreground helps give a sense of scale and emphasizes how far away the distance is.

Use a tripod if possible, as a small aperture usually requires a slower shutter speed.


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