photographyPhotography is an artform that anyone can learn more about and begin creating beautiful shots! If you only want to capture candid moments of life, you can stick with your smartphone but if you are planning on taking photography more seriously, you’ll want to invest in a DSLR or mirrorless camera. A DSLR or mirrorless camera will give you the opportunity to grow as a photographer and learn all there is to know about the art! There are a few things you can think of when setting up your shots, whether you are using your smartphone or a professional camera, such as composure, lighting, and focus.

For smartphone users:

Hold the square on the middle of the screen to lock your focus. Try to always keep the landscape line horizontal. Try to take photos without direct sunlight, otherwise the photo will be over exposed. There are plenty of apps, such as mobile Lightroom, to adjust the colours, contrast, and exposure of your photos in post-processing.

For DSLR & mirrorless camera users:photography

You can get a lot more playful and creative with a professional camera. Although in the beginning, you may shoot in ‘Automatic Mode’ while you get comfortable with your camera, eventually you’ll want to switch to ‘Manual Mode’. At first, it can be a bit overwhelming to learn all the buttons, switches, and lingo within shooting manual, but the picture will be a lot better once you get the hang of it. Professional photographers always shoot in manual mode because it gives them the creative freedom to set up the exact photo they are after. You will also want to shoot in ‘raw’ as it will give you the highest quality of photo which is better for post-processing.

There are many tutorials, workshops, and manuals that you can find online to help you figure out the workings of a camera. If you want to take your hobby to the next level, there are also full photography courses you can take online or in-person. The courses will not only teach you the functions of your camera but will also teach you how to set up and compose beautiful and creative shots! Taking the perfect shot is only one step, the next step is loading the photos to your laptop and begin the post-processing. Post-processing is an important step and will allow you to adjust the colour, exposure, highlights, and contrast. This can be done through many platforms such as Lightroom and Photoshop.