Photography as an art, requires skill, talent and knowledge to master the art of photography and become a professional. Gaining the knowledge & understanding what your camera sees and rendering good composition is just one aspect / dimension to becoming a pro at photography. Apart from the basic knowledge of photography concepts of exposure, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, there is a world beyond the basics and a lot more to master this art. To become a professional, you need to look beyond the basics to move to an advanced and professional level by focusing on the skills and traits of the professionals. After fulfilling the primary expectations of getting comfortable with camera settings and shooting the scene appropriately, the next thing is to make your photographs presentable, pleasing and professional. You have to therefore, invest your time in understanding how to perfect your photographs (add professional quality to them) and turn them to the finest; which includes some amount of digital finishing and a fair deal of knowledge about how your equipment and technique affects image quality. Here are some professional photography tips which will help you understand the professional aspect of photography. Often pitched as “the forbidden secrets of professional photographers”, you will realize that these are just some of the finer nuances and practices of the professionals than being “forbidden secrets”.
Deciding Upon Which Format To Shoot In
The modern day DSLRs provide you the flexibility of deciding as to which format to shoot in. You can shoot in either JPEG (the compressed form) or shoot in RAW. You can choose the format depending upon the flexibility and control required in the final result.
Controlling The Dynamic Range Of Light Like Professional Photographers
HDR (High Dynamic Range) is not dependent on your camera, it has more to do with your understanding of light. You can get the best of photographs by using lights to your advantage; by capturing highlights and shadows to make your photographs depict a realistic dynamic range.
Learn To Break The Rules Of Photography
To break the rules you need to first learn and practice the rules. Breaking the rules is one way to encourage people to learn photography and explore the world of myths and truths (about photography).
The megapixel required for photo print varies with the resolution of the print. Read the article “Busting The Megapixel Myth — How Much Resolution Do You Need For Print?” and refer to the table which explains how many megapixel are required for specified resolution.
Using Filters For Professional Results
Filters are glass fittings that are used in combination with the camera lens for specific effects. Filters can be used to equalize areas of extreme highlights, reduce haze, reduce the light in the scene or even just to protect the lens. Depending on the type of filters, they can be used to filter colors as well; as is the case with infrared photography and ultraviolet photography.
Professional Photographer’s Secret — Maintain Your Lenses
Good lens is the major factor for getting sharp and quality images. It is therefore of utmost importance to take care of the your priced possession, the lens. Here we share two useful tutorials; cleaning the lens and maintaining the lens to help you maintain your lenses like professionals.
Using Histogram To Your Advantage
Histogram is the graphical representation of the photograph captured. It displays the details captured in highlight, shadow and mid-tone areas. Professional photographers use the histograms to study, understand and get the cues about the details captured by the camera.
Understanding The Metering Modes Of Your Camera
Camera meters the scene as distinct from the human eye. It renders the view based on the mode of metering it is set to. The DSLRs offer several metering modes (Spot metering, Center Weighted and Matrix Metering), each metering the scene for optimal exposure based on specific criteria.
Get Professional Finish With Crucial Post-processing Adjustments
Digital photography offers the flexibility of making changes to the final shots. You can always open your images in the image editor and add finishing touches to your photographs. Some of the photoshop tweaks are necessary to enliven the photographs. We refer to these necessary tweaks as the crucial post-processing adjustments. Make subtle changes to your photographs to induce sharpness, for maintaining contrast and to correct the color cast.
Professional Composition Tips
This is perhaps the single most important component that makes your photograph stand out like that of a professional photographer. The way you compose your shots, makes all the difference. So, here are commonly used compostional rules, tips and techniques to help you get professional results.
This is not all but a small list of some tips the professionals use. As you learn and with experience you will build your own understanding, style and methods in your workflow. Professional photographer have perfected these and this is what turns a photographer into a professional photographer.