When starting to take photos with my camera for my blog I had no clue how to use my camera to maximize the use or get the best results from it. I mean I used to take my photos from my phone and to all of a sudden move onto using a DSLR then it was quite a scary jump in some ways. I wish that I had a blog post to go to from other bloggers which told my how to use my camera. Of course I couldn’t find my exact wishes because every one uses different cameras however even just simply things like about the settings etc… That’s why I thought I would do a post about it because I have taught myself how to take some ALRIGHT photos and so if you are in the position I was, hopefully you will understand the ins and outs of your camera a little more.
However I must stress that all cameras are different so it might not be the same on your camera. Plus I am not a camera expert I have only just figured out my camera myself and it is all self-taught, and in fact I am still learning. These are just little tips I wished I had.
I use a Canon 1300D and I switch between my standard 18-55mm lens and my 75-300mm lens. I tend to use the first one the most because the other one is zoomed in further however it had a lower aperture, therefore a better blurred background.
You might be thinking WHATTTTTT???? What does all that mean?!?! Well basically the one thing I have only lately sussed is aperture. In short aperture is the blurriness of your background. The lower the aperture the more blurred your background will be. Most DSLR cameras will have an Aperture Priority mode which can let you change they aperture, however if you want an aperture lower than 5.6 you will need to get a different lens rather than the normal 18-55mm lens.
Another point is brightness. It is all well and good taking your photos, even with a soft box for lighting, and then lightening it with a photo editor. However you can also change the exposure (fancy word for brightness) on your camera, so that your photo will be taken to look brighter. I find that this looks more natural than editing it in, however you have to be careful not to over do it. Just up it a little and then edit it a bit brighter again if you need to.
If you are still a bit baffled then this might help. Some cameras, like Canons have a Creative Mode. This is where you can change the background blur, filters and look of the photo in one mode. This basically adds the last two points together in a more basic version to make it easier. I used to take my photos using it and it was super easy to get the hang of. Then once you feel confident and you feel like you want more out of your photos you and go more in-depth and use other settings like aperture.
If you are serious about your photos then I would highly recommend getting some photography books and giving them a good read. I got given some for my birthday when I got my camera and they taught me a lot about the basic photography skills and it really opened my eyes and made me realise it’s a lot more than just taking a photo.
Also read your instruction manual. Getting a new toy like a camera can be really exciting and you just want to get that bad boy open and use it straight away, but I didn’t even know how to record videos on my camera because I didn’t read the manual. Yes it is boring, but it is a MUST.
Lastly, the way you compose your photos is a make it or break it scenario. Last night when taking some photos I was getting so annoyed that I just couldn’t get my photos looking ‘right’. The composition is the way your position items in your photo, like in flatlays, to make them look well structured. For example, in my photo above, the composition is awful because the flower is facing the wrong way, which I didn’t realise until I was editing it. If you don’t like the way it looks the first time, move a few bits and try again. Really it is all about experimenting with what you have.
I hope this has been helpful to you, and if you have found it helpful make sure to tag or share it with someone else who you think it might help too!! I wish I had that for sure!
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