Photography is an art. While many of us may be able to collect enough money together to purchase a digital SLR camera, not all of us have the coveted talent of taking beautiful pictures right from the start. Experts of the field may show off and claim it to be an in built talent, and don’t get me wrong, sometimes it is, but just because you aren’t adept at working with your camera from the beginning doesn’t mean that you never can be. Let me just put the heavily repeated phrase (to an annoying degree, actually) here, “Practice makes perfect.

Follow these five basic tips to ensure that your photography is on point.

Know your light:

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This is an easy way to say that toggle with your exposure. Basically, this is the amount of light that is in your picture. Easy follow up tip: Begin with photographing in natural light. Use the sun to your advantage. In Pakistan, we are no strangers to the sun. So while it is melting us to our deaths, why not make use of it and take beautiful pictures?

Fun fact: Most Bridal campaigns of 2016 were shot in the nature, capitalizing on sunlight. Don’t believe us? Go check out the Elan catalogue again.

Most of us know this already, but if the light is at your back, your pictures come out very dark. Use that knowledge. Look for the light and face it. Guaranteed, it would probably have you squinting and if the heat is as bad as Lahore’s, you may be potentially exposing yourselves to a heat stroke, but hey, you get a beautiful picture!

Easy follow up tip : Make use of windows. Make your subject look out the window and take his/her/its picture. (Maybe play some Adele song in the background to get the feels?)

Don’t be intimidated by fancy words like Aperture and ISO:

Fun fact: When I first purchased my DSLR, I didn’t know zilch about these words, and my friend linked me to these beginner guides that were a little heavy on the usage of these words, and boy, WAS I intimidated or what? But really, aperture and ISO is just fancy camera language. Let me make it comprehensible. Aperture is like what a pupil is to the eye. It is the hole inside the lens that decides how much light to let in your picture. ISO, on the other hand, is all about measuring light. The brighter the setting of your picture, the lower your ISO needs to be.

Play with the Aperture:

Follow up fact about aperture. It also decides your depth of field. This, basically, is how much of the picture is blurred out and how much of it is in focus.

Lower Aperture

Brighter Picture

More blurred out background/Shallow depth of field

Such as F/3.5

Higher Aperture

Darker Picture

Full frame/Full depth of field

Such as F/18

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High Aperture

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Low Aperture

 

Play with the ISO:

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Just by the way, the higher the ISO, the grainier (or noisier) your picture. So prioritize intelligently. Just going to casually drop this here:

 

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Know your shutter speed:

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This, in simple words, is how fast your camera captures a picture. So if you’re doing sports photography, or are taking pictures of your enthusiastic puppy, crank up the shutter speed. And if you are taking still life pictures, or even portraits, lower it down. Easy.

Here’s your Beginner’s guide to photography. Now go master the art.

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Sehla Tahir

A student of Economics in her early twenties who has a knack for stringing words together into crafty sentences. A lover of art, make up, all things literature, and photography. Although a writer by consequence, she now describes her relationship with writing as nothing short of true love.

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