Smartphones have powerful cameras. You can take any photo with your phone, and then edit it in Instagram to make it a bit more ‘mystical’. At least that’s what you think until you see how professional photographs look like. With a professional camera, the concept is pretty much the same: you point and shoot. Still, the way the picture looks is much different.
Whether you’re a professional photographer, blogger or a stay-at-home mom, you’ll certainly find many ways to use a digital camera in your work and daily life. Everyone is going digital, and there are good reasons behind that fact.
Digital cameras are compact, but packed with tons of features that the phone doesn’t have. They produce quality that’s not possible to achieve with a regular smartphone.
The Power of a Professional Camera
You can use your camera to take memorable photos of your family. You can also put it to use if you need professional-like photographs for your blog. When it comes to creating content, you can easily hire a writer from Australianwritings or a similar service to help you get the work done. Hiring a professional photographer for each project would cost you a lot of money on the long term. That’s why you’ll benefit a lot from getting a professional camera and learning how to use it.
The DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) camera is the right way to go if you want premium quality for an acceptable price. The so-called bridge cameras have similar features to DSLRs, including massive zooms. Plus, they are more affordable and way easier to use. The only difference is: the quality they produce is not comparable to the one you get with a DSLR camera. When we say professional camera, we refer to a DSLR.
The digital single-lens reflex camera has a big sensor and interchangeable lenses, which give you that ‘professional’ effect. The best cameras of this category are packed with awesome features, such as 4K video, high-resolution full-frame sensor, accurate and speedy auto-focus system, anti-aliasing cancellation filter over the sensor, Wi-Fi, and more.
Before you start exploring the full potential of professional cameras, maybe you would like to know how you can use them in a fun and unexpected way.
7 Digital Tricks for Professional Cameras
Avoid high ISO, unless you really need it
The ISO is a measure of the image sensor’s sensitivity. The higher it is, the better your camera performs in dark surroundings. That’s why DSLR cameras can usually go beyond ISO 6400. When a beginner sees a higher number on something, they assume it is better. However, the higher ISO value increases the amount of grains on the photograph. Unless you’re using the camera in complete darkness, it’s not recommended to set the highest ISO value.
Delete people from landscape photos
This is a great trick to use when you want to make your travel photos more appealing. You’ll keep the scene, but it will be clean, just like in a magazine. For this trick, you’ll need to set the camera on a tripod and take a photo about every ten seconds. Take at least 15 shots. Then, you’ll need Photoshop. This is a complex program, but don’t worry; the trick is as simple as it gets. Go to File > Scripts > Statistics when you open all images in Photoshop. Then, choose ‘median’ and select the photos. There you go! You’ll get a lovely, clean photo of the scene with no people in it.
Paint with light
When you use a light source and slow exposures, you can use the light to ‘paint a photograph’. You need a dark room, or you can take the camera out at night. Take a source of light, too (a flashlight will do). Set the exposure time to at least 10 seconds. During the exposure, move the flashlight or other light source around to get the movement of the light.
Be active during the ‘golden hour’
In photography, the first and last hour of sunlight is known as ‘the golden hour’. It’s special because it gives you the soft light that’s perfect for taking portraits that look mystical and calm. Take your camera out shortly after sunrise or before sunset. Don’t forget to take your model, too. Find a good spot, plan the composition of the photograph, and shoot. The portrait will be just perfect.
Use the timer to take a steady shot
If you don’t have a tripod to stabilize the camera, it will be difficult to take a good, clear shot, especially if you’re zooming in. When you click the shutter, you’re causing movement that makes the photo blurry. The easiest trick for solving this problem is the timer function. That way, you’ll hold the camera really still and it will take a steadier shot.
Focus on the eyes to make a lovely portrait
Portrait photography is way more complex than it seems. A beautiful portrait should capture the person’s soul. And, you know that all the eyes are the window to the soul. Use the central focus point to set the focus on the model’s eye. Half-press the shutter to keep the setting locked, and adjust the composition before taking the final shot. It’s a simple trick that makes a huge difference.
Take jumping photos with faster shutter speeds and burst mode
The camera’s burst mode is a continuous high speed shooting mode that takes several photographs in a quick session. It’s the right mode to use when you want to take an action shot of someone jumping. Get low, so the jumper will appear higher in the photo. Set the burst mode, which will capture the movement in the best way possible.
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