So, you’ve done it!

You just purchased your first camera, and now you’re ready to start capturing the world around you.

Although it’s tempting to improvise and learn on the fly, it’s always helpful to have some simple guidelines for using your camera.

Here are some photography tips beginners can use when trying out their new camera.

Adopt a Different Perspective

The best way to capture dynamic and interesting photos is to approach them from a new perspective.

Everyone has seen a landscape photo taken from eye level: why not play with levels and take the landscape from the perspective of a water lily?

Or see what the picture looks like when seen through the reflection of the water?

By playing with levels and different perspectives, you can create exciting images filled with artistic spirit.

The Truth Is in the Eyes

There’s a reason that we call the eyes the windows to the soul: our eyes can convey depths of emotion without ever saying a word.

When you compose your shots, make certain that you are capturing your subject’s eyes.

This way, your pictures contain a soulfulness, an empathy, and a universal relatability.

Exposure

Ever walk into a dark room after being out in the sunlight? If you have, then you know the sensation that your eyes go through.

In the time that it takes to adjust to the new light, they will be temporarily blinded.

Your camera goes through this process as well!

Like your eyes, they need to adjust to changing lights.

This is accomplished through exposure.

Exposure can be adjusted through the +/- button.

Whenever you find yourself in a darkened area, you can illuminate your photo by upping the exposure with the plus sign.

The reverse is true for a bright sky.

Use the negative button to lower the exposure on a sunny day.

With this knowledge, you can ensure that you’ll get a great shot regardless of lighting circumstances.

Expose, Focus, and Frame

When preparing to take a photo, it’s imperative that you set your exposure and focus first.

In the digital world, it’s very easy to fix a photo that is framed incorrectly, but it’s nearly impossible to undo a blurred one.

This is why you need to methodically set your exposure and focus your camera before you take the picture.

If your picture is clear, then anything is possible!

Always Be Prepared

Like poetry, photography can occur at the blink of an eye.

The perfect photo can be composed after hours of waiting for the right light, but it can also appear out of thin air!

To make certain that you’ll catch both instances, bring your camera with you everywhere.

This way, when the perfect picture appears, you’ll be armed and ready to capture it!

Practice Makes Perfect

The best way to develop your skills as a photographer, is to practice!

This will allow you to grow into a fully-fledged camera artist. So, go out there, practice, and hone your creative vision!

For more tips and tricks, feel free to check out our blog.

Or, if you’re interested in being on the other side of the camera, book an appointment with our PMAI photographers today!

We’ll make certain to apply our skills and prowess to make your photos as beautiful as possible.