Pictures, as I may say, is the most adequate means of conveying a message to someone and with the invention of mobile cameras and DSLRs the process is easier than in the past but the process of capturing an image requires a little effort with some hits and miss to capture the perfect photograph and convey a profound message to the viewers.

Hence, to guide you to a more successful path as a beginner in digital photography, here are some tips that might come in handy. I definitely followed these as I began my path as an amateur photographer, which I love to spend my time doing outside of running my practice as a Phoenix dentist. It gives me the peacefulness after being in people’s mouths all day.

The picture that you see in your viewfinder is not always the same as the one you capture. The reason for that is your insufficient knowledge about the device you are handling.


For capturing better photographs exposure is the main element to be understood. You might consider it as a single element but features like shutter speed, aperture, and ISO altogether gives you the exposure. By just adjusting the best exposure you picture quality enhances to a great deal. The depth of field, digital noise and alterations like motion blur can be improved.

If you only understand the exposure triangle you will be able to gain maximum control over your camera. The aperture, Shutter speed, and the ISO when combined can control the amount of light for any scene. You can improve your exposure if you are able to memorize the f/stop scale.


The hole inside your camera that allows the light to pass is called the aperture, very much like the pupil of the human eye. The light that enters the aperture when it widens determine its depth of field. If the picture is being captured in low light with a widened aperture the f/ value decrease making the picture ideal but when taking wide-scale pictures like in landscape photography might not be up to par as the depth of the field will become shallow.

It is preferred to set the aperture first but if you are going for motion blurs switch it second to the shutter speed of the camera.

Shutter Speed

Learning about the shutter speed of your camera is necessary and basic. When light enters the aperture it falls on the shutter after which, it is your choice to allow your preferred amount of light into your camera.

For normal situations, you will ordinarily set the shutter speed to only a small fraction of a second to escape motion blur. For sports photography you shutter speed is kept very high (1/4000) but for situations like at night when light is scarce the speed is kept 30 seconds. Simply, shutter speed depends mainly on the availability of light.


After the light has passed through the aperture and is filtered by the shutter speed it reaches the sensor, ISO. The ISO can be difficult to control as to when the ISO number is increased, the exposure decrease. Hence, decreasing the amount of light and, resulting in poor picture quality, containing more digital noise. Here, you have to compromise between exposure and grain.

Now, if you have these three elements under your thumb you can produce better results using exposure. If this isn’t the case your beginner’s photography will suffer in composition and framing.


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