Beginners Photography Tip 101- Part 1

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Hello Beginners,
It’s time to get off that auto mode and start shooting manual. Trust me; I do enjoy playing with my settings just to get the right exposure and I am sure you would love it too. I shot my first wedding (unofficial though) on auto mode and even though it felt convenient, looking back now, I realized a lot of things were not right with the photographs (I promise to show you photos).



You can tell that my editing skills were also very horrible. All I did was point and shoot and like every beginner we are only interested in capturing moments but it’s beyond that.

As you can see, I didn’t know jack about shooting on manual mode, no knowledge about aperture, shutter speed and ISO to have a perfect exposure.
By now, you already know the three camera settings (aperture, shutter speed and ISO) that determine exposure which is a good step. So thumbs up!!!!
I promise to be simple with all this details.

Aperture: Controls the amount of light that enters your lens and also the depth of field. It is also measured in f-numbers (f/5.6, f/8, and f/11).
By controlling the size of the opening in your camera’s lens you can determine how much light reaches the sensor. While learning, I always got confused because a small f-number meant a large opening which means more light and a large f-number meant a smaller opening resulting to less light.
I promise not to get you confused. We have f-numbers ranging from as high as f/1.2 to f/22.
f/1.2: Small f-number, large opening resulting to more light
f/22: Large f-number, small opening resulting to less light

Depth of field: How much of your shot is in focus. This can also be controlled by your choice of aperture

A smaller aperture(large f-number) allows the entire picture to be in focus.

A wide aperture(small f-number) allows you blur the background resulting to a shallow depth of field.
I hope I was able to explain that well.

Shutter speed: Controls motion blur and also the amount of light that reaches the sensor. Adjusting your shutter speed helps control how you capture moving subjects.
30” 10’’ 2’’ 1’’ 1/25 1/30 1/50 1/100 1/250 1/320 1/500 1/1000

BRIGHTER —————————- EXPOSURE——————————DARKER
Longer exposures come as a result of slow shutter speed there by helping to record lots of light and completely blurring a moving subject
capturing light

while shorter exposures come as a result of a faster shutter speed, reducing the amount of light and freezing a moving subject thereby preventing any blur.

I will explain ISO in part 2 but pending that, I need you to get busy.
Pick up your camera,, dust it , change from auto to manual and try this out.
1. Maintain your ISO at 100, shutter speed 1/60 and play around with your aperture.
2. Maintain your ISO at 100, aperture at f/5.6 and play around with your shutter speed.
This would be best done outdoor.
Have fun!!!

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  1. Jumoke Akinlosotu
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    The Lord continue to enrich you as you impact your knowledge on others. keep it up.

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