For some people, the art of taking a beautiful picture comes naturally, without them having to ever learn it from formal sources. They learn it as they go on taking each photo and understand how each element around them affects their photo and how the frame can be used. However, for some, the passion to become a photographer comes naturally but they are afraid to get started, only because they do not know how to begin with it. We have gathered the most important and basic tips for aspiring commercial photographers to get started with their journey.
The most important thing to learn according to professional commercial photographers is the skill to use the light. Lighting is the most important element of a good picture. You must understand how to use the light of all kind to your advantage. A fine picture under the midday sun with a slushy in your hand? – Yeah, that is going to take the right angle to be perfectly captured, or all you will have is a person with too much light on their face and a lost opportunity. You must learn how to utilize different angles of the sun, and using natural light or the artificial light to your advantage. Awareness of your lighting is the key step for taking a good photo.
To understand how your camera works, you need to understand how your camera receives light. It is important that you familiarize yourself with the term “exposure triangle” which is comprised of aperture, ISO settings, and the shutter speed.
Aperture: The amount of light you let in your camera lens is known as aperture. It is how wide or closed your camera opening is.
The wider the opening of your camera lens, the more light you let in and more exposed will be your picture. The focus of your image also depends on the aperture of your lens.
When we speak about ISO, we are actually speaking about the sensitivity of your camera to light. This is the main component of your camera that is responsible for bringing all the light in from the surrounding and forming a picture for you. Higher the ISO, greater will be the quality of the image. However, it also brings in more noise. Nevertheless, you can fix that too by tweaking with the settings. Higher ISO is used when there is low light, especially the night scenes or in dark places. When taking a photo in daylight, your best bet would be to use the lowest ISO setting in your camera or the base ISO setting to get the perfect picture.
Your camera’s shutter speed determines how long you will keep the lens open. The longer it remains open, the more light it lets in. However, high shutter speed is required for moving objects or the picture would be blurred.
Okay, so this is the very common misconception every beginner has – you need to have the best camera to take the best picture. No, you do not! Never blame your camera for the quality that you could not produce. All you need to do is to understand the technicalities that go into taking a photo – the lighting, the angle, and the natural settings around you. Once you have understood these, you can master the art of taking brilliant commercial photographs with whatever camera you have, even the old film cameras, if you are interested in that.