ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Digital Photography for Beginners

Updated on January 7, 2013

In today's age, many photographers are considering switching from film to digital photography for several reasons. Many others photographers have actually already made the transition from digital to film. However, if you are new to digital photography, or photography in general, you probably want to learn a few general tips. If you are interested in learning about the basics of digital photography be sure to check out this article.

Do you like film or digital better?

See results

Photography Tips : A Beginner's Guide to Digital Photography

Film vs Digital

Their are two main types of photography, film photography and digital photography. Film has been used longer, however digital photography is more recent. While some film veterans would never consider switching to digital, then are no doubts that digital photography has some considerable benefits.

With digital cameras, after you take photos you can immediately see the result. They are also much easier to edit with software and can be uploaded to the internet. With digital cameras you can engage in macro mode and image stabilization to take great photos!

The Basics of a Digital Camera

Your digital camera is the most important tool in your arsenal. Without it, there would be no photography. For this reason you want to know the basics as well as the advanced features a digital camera. Before you even considering buying a digital camera, be sure to know these basics.

First is pixels. Every photograph is composed of hundreds of pixels which are tiny, tiny squares. Pixels are made of different color combinations. As a photographer, you normally want a camera capable of taking between 3-5 MP, or megapixels.

You also want to examine the aspect ratio of the camera. Basically the aspect ratio determines the size of the sides of the photograph. The standard ration is 4:3.

These are some basic qualities of a camera. If you are interested in buying a camera you should do further research.

Digital Photography Tips

One of the things that some photographers forget about when taking photos is macro mode. Macro mode allows you to take focused, close up shots of subjects are the environments. They really add depth and variety to your photos, especially if you enjoy taking shots of nature. I appreciates the detail that macro mode offers, especially for subjects such as flowers and other pretty plants.

Digital Photography Accessories

As a growing photographer, you normally want to add to your equipment frequently. After you've gotten your camera you probably want to get a tripod. Tripods add legitimacy to your photography skills and many people think it improves your image as a photographer. However they are rather bulky.

You also might want to purchase extra memory cards for your camera if you are running out of memory.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Ms._Info profile image


      5 years ago from New Jersey

      I love the ease of digital photography. I am really working on trying to master my new camera so this hub is very helpful.

    • SolveMyMaze profile image


      5 years ago

      Awesome article. I agree that a tripod is a crucial accessory when it comes to photography, especially if you're using your digital camera to capture film.

      I personally love the macro mode on my camera to get as much detail in as possible on zoomed in objects. It's just a shame many manufacturers hide that mode away in the camera settings.

    • Learning in Life profile image

      Megan Smith 

      5 years ago from Florida

      I didn't even know that people still used film cameras. This hub has a lot of useful videos but not enough text. Maybe you could expand on some of your points. Voted up and shared.

    • TinasTreasures profile image


      5 years ago from California

      Great information. I've pinned it on Pinterest for you.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)