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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.

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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.


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    • Ms._Info profile image

      Ms._Info 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.

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      SolveMyMaze 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.

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      Megan Sisko 5 years ago from SW 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.

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      TinasTreasures 5 years ago from California

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