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Digital Photography Basics For Everyone

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Digital photography basics are what everyone must learn when just starting out; you may even be quite experienced and just looking for some new info so you can improve your skill and knowledge base.

No matter which, you will find some great links to basic Digital photography lessons on this page here.

Even after doing photography for many years I still myself often ‘go back to basics’, and am surprised by things I have overlooked.

To be honest even though I use the term digital photography basics what we are really talking about is actually ‘photography basics and fundamentals’ . Although the technology of photography has changed, the principles of photography have not.

I still remember learning photograpic basics from my photography teacher with my first camera, the trusty Praktica, a German camera that reassuringly would ‘clunk and click’ every time you pressed a button.

Although by todays standards it would be considered almost ancient, it was in fact a great starting camera for learning photography at college, and the truth is, wherever that camera is now (I sold it a long time ago) it’s probably still in working order!

The same possibly can’t be said of some digital cameras even only five years old.

Before the days of auto-focus, and settings that could give optimized automatic photographs for portraits, moving objects and so on, there were only three things that counted (and still now, if the truth be told).

These three things are what we will now look at in digital photography basics; if we can master these three technical details together and the inter-play they create, then we are well and truly on our way to taking great photos and our creativity will be limitless.

Already seen the Digital Photography Basics? Then find out more about Learning Photography here.

The three foundations of modern day photography and therefore digital photography are based on aperture, shutter speed and film speed.

So first things first let’s take a look at:

 

Film Speed/ISO

Now you may be rubbing your eyes wondering if I really said what I just said i.e. ‘film speed’; as we are talking about digital photography here, but just in case you haven’t found it out on your digital slr yet…

…let me tell you something… it’s still there (albeit seemingly hiding).

This function has remained; and nowadays if your digital slr (single-lens-reflex) is on the manual setting, you will be able to input a film speed, for example 100 ISO, 200 ISO, 400 ISO being the most common.

Each film speed was originally designed with a view to it being used in the conditions the film was designed for (see below), but photographers being photographers, they frequently used certain speeds of film to create a certain look in their pictures.

For example, if I was working in bright daylight yet I wanted my pictures to look grainy (put your mouse over the above pic to see what I mean), I would use a 400 ISO/ASA or …

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