by Mark Weber, M.Photog.Cr, M.Artist, CPP If you are a…
Taking a picture is easy and everyone is doing it nowadays. With the invention of the smart phone came a wave of amateur photographers. To be a professional photographer takes a deeper knowledge and understanding of lighting, exposure, color and camera function.
The Wix blog recently came out with an article entitled, “You Ain’t No Photographer If You Don’t Know How To Do This,” which lists the ten basic things professional photographers have to master in order to set themselves apart from the amateurs.
- Learn Lenses – Understanding the basic technology behind lenses is important for predicting the type of image that a lens can produce for you.
- Figure Out Exposure – Exposure basically means how much light is collected in your camera in the instant of taking a photo. The amount of light can have a huge impact on the photo’s appearance – too much light gives you a burnt out photo; too little means darkness.
- Lights Lights Lights! – If you want to take photos like a pro, you need to be able to predict how light will impact your shots.
- The Science of Reflectors – Using reflectors on light sources helps you determine the direction and strength with which light enters your frame.
- Camera Positioning – Perspective is an immensely important element in composition.
- White Balance – This key aspect of photography makes sure that the color temperature of your photo is well balanced so that the colors appear as accurate as possible.
- Focus Control – Controlling the level of focus is a technique that separate real photographers from amateurs.
- The Rule of Thirds – If the shot you’re taking is split into vertical and horizontal thirds, the meeting points between the dividing lines are the most important spots in the frame, and therefore your subject would ideally be located close to one of the four meeting points.
- Framing It Right – Framing is meant to highlight the subject of the photo by placing it within a visual framework – a shop window, a group of people, a corner of the room and any other type of visual boundary that creates context.
- Basic Post Editing – Even if you ideologically oppose digital editing, as a photographer you will at some point be required to do slight adjustments and enhancements.
Check out the full article at http://www.wix.com/blog/2015/05/you-aint-no-photographer-if-you-dont-know-how-to-do-this/,