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Photography Basics

Updated on September 4, 2012

Hi and welcome.

This is a series of tutorials to help you on your photography journey, whether you are someone who just picked up your first digital camera, or someone who is just interested in photography.

In this guide I will go through the basics of digital photography; all the way from how your camera works, to the final retouches of your photos. This was made to get more people interested in photography, as well to help beginners who need an introduction to the photography world.

In this particular page, you can see an introduction to each part of the guide.

Click on the titles to navigate through the tutorials.


1. Camera parts

Each camera has many different parts, but we will just cover up the essential ones that you need to take your pictures.

Learn here the differences between types of cameras (compact, bridge and DSLR) and which one is the right one for you.

2. Your camera settings

Here we will take a look in detail at your automatic and manual camera settings. Learn about ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed, etc…

Each of these setting has a huge importance on the final result. Learn to master them and you can take control of your photos.

3. Composition

Here you can find some tips that will allow you to take good pictures. Although art is a matter of opinion, there are some techniques that can help you get through your first photography moments.

4. Editing your photos

In this step, you will learn how to edit your photos. You don’t need to expensive applications to retouch them; I will show you free ones that will help you enhance your photos.

Check out some techniques for color correction, dust removing and applying some effects to transform your pictures.

5. Lenses and accessories

Different lenses achieve different results. Although compact and bridge cameras come with fixed lenses, on DSLR you can change them to take different kinds of photographs.

Understand the differences between wide angle, telephotos and macro lenses.

Also, check, in this lesson, the different accessories you can buy for your cameral. Tripods, filters, flashes…There are many accessories, but we will just check what the most common ones are and how they can improve your photography.

Photography might take some time to learn, but it is indeed a satisfying trial-and-error experience. Never be afraid of experimenting new techniques, especially when you are giving your first steps.

As you learn more about this art you will analyze your previous mistakes and that will lead you to become a better photographer.


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      Pedro Alexandre Furtado Cabral 5 years ago from Porto, Portugal

      @Faithful Daughter Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at it. I hope it can help you to know more about photography :)

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      Evi Lopez 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      You have a great series of hubs on photography. I've been looking for a while for a tutorial like this. I am putting this hub on my favorites to refer back to an continue reading by going to all your links. Thanks for sharing your photography knowledge with your readers. Voting up and useful.