Have you ever thought, how a picture is taken? How can someone capture light when it moves so fast? What are some basics of photography? Well, for one thing, the technique used behind photography is pure science and nothing else.
So, a photograph, also called a picture, is a captured image of light scattered around a scene. To perform this magical feat, a camera is used.
Going a little back in history, the camera's origins can be traced back to the ancient times of Ibn Al Haitham, a mathematician, astronomer, and physicist of the Islamic Golden Age. But the first-ever camera with the ability to take photographs was invented back in the 1830s.
A camera collects all the scattered light rays from a scene and focuses it at a single point on a photosensitive film or receptor. This allows the camera to take the imprint of the complete scenery at that particular point. Hence, we get a picture.
But the ability to operate a camera isn’t enough to make eye-catching pictures. Photography is a complete art. There are multiple parameters and factors one needs to consider while taking breathtaking photos. Today, we are just going to talk about the basics of photography and how to master them.
The 3 Horsemen of Photography for Beginners
Sharpening view and its impact on photography
Based on statistics gathered from top photographers around the globe. Sharpening the view and overall structure of your image is becoming super popular. There are multiple added benefits regarding sharpening your image, which will help you out in learning photography.
What sharpening an image means? Sharpening an image allows your photo to get more crisp and definitive edges. This gives a more straightforward eyes appearance to the image.
There is a scientific phenomenon behind sharpening. While sharpening an image, the software and the camera used alters the overall pixel arrangement of an image. In other words, making the darker pixels darker and lighter pixels lighter. This helps to emphasize the natural structure and color of the object in a more defined way.
Sharpening doesn’t only act on the natural pixels-based appearance of an image. It also allows the user to change the overall nature of light exposure as well. In other words, it allows the user to set a more relaxed or warm light exposure in their pictures according to the time of the day and sun location.
Boundary Wrap: The Basics of Panorama Photography
At one point or another, all of us must have cropped out an image mostly because we thought that the edges and the panorama aren’t mixing well with each other. But cropping isn’t the most suitable option for these cases.
In simple cropping techniques, the edges of a panorama are cropped out. In other words, if you think that your image has some uneven edges, they will be cropped out of your panorama image, and you will get a cropped image. But the issue with this technique is that your image will lose its natural object components.
On the other hand, boundary wrap is a much more effective and suitable option for such images. Primarily available in the Adobe photo editing suite and also covered by most of the photography guides. Instead of cropping out details from your photo, the wrap boundary allows the user to stretch the panorama out. This allows the software to adjust the edges and overall picture to appear in a much more natural way.
What’s more, the boundary wrap also allows the user to merge multiple image files in a single panorama. All you need to do is capture various portions of a panorama and leave the rest to the software.
Working with HSL Sliders: The First Step of Learning Photography
Have you ever taken a picture with super eye-catching angles but poor visibility? We all have done that. But what most of us don’t know is that there are ways to help us in this regard. And most prominent one is to use the HSL slider panel.
The HSL stands for Hue, Saturation, and Luminance. The three essential factors that impact your photography skills the most. Included in the Adobe Lightroom photograph editing suite, the HSL slider panel is by far the most commonly used panel among professional photographers and young aspirants learning photography.
The hue is the shade of a particular color. Think about this, an apple is red, blood is also red, but do they have the same shade of red? Obviously, no. This is called hue in terms of color shading.
Saturation, on the other hand, is defined as the intensity of a color. For example, from dark blue to sky blue, there’s a complete range of saturated blue hues such as navy blue, blue, etc.
Last but not least, as the name implies, luminance is the light content of a particular image and how it impacts the picture's overall appearance.
How do I start photography?
You can start doing the same things that every great photographer did at the beginning. Take your camera, visit some places in your neighborhood where you can find fantastic study objects. Try experimenting with the lighting and camera settings. This will help you to understand the very basics of photography.
What should a beginner photographer learn?
There are some basics of photography that you must learn before you can consider diving deep into this area. These basics include holding your camera properly, getting an idea of light settings, understanding the concept of wide and narrow aperture, exposure triangles, and more.
Photography is an art. An art that you can learn and refine over time. But first steps are always necessary. That’s why learning the very basics of photography is a great idea to start your photography career. Experiment with these photography steps and we are certain you will shoot a masterpiece.
We hope that this beginner’s guide will help you learn the art of photography starting from the very basic level.