Photography Guide for beginners

Focused on "why", not only "how"

We are sharing our personal photography experience with beginning enthusiasts. We are trying to make it as brief as possible while giving enough information to substantially improve your photography. There is certainly very much to learn and experience to become a professional photographer. However, there are just a few basic things to learn to seriously improve an enthusiasts' photography skills. We are trying to make this quick and easy for you, with this guide and our easy photo enhancement software Photo Sense. Together they help you to improve all aspects of your photography, from camera shooting to software post-processing.

How to improve your photography?

To achieve good results you need to improve both the camera and software post-processing skills. This guide gives some important basic camera skills, and Photo Sense handles post-processing easily and quickly.

Why photo post-processing is necessary?

Some people think that any photo post-processing in software alters the reality, because it changes the "truth" recorded by the camera. This article explains why this is not true. In short, what camera records is simply not the "truth", because a camera sensor is not nearly identical to a human eye. Moreover, unless you shoot in RAW, what camera delivers is not even what the sensor sees: it has already been processed in camera software!

Basic photography concepts: aperture, shutter speed, ISO speed, exposure

Photography is all about light. To let the camera "see" what you wish, you have tools controlling how much light reaches the camera sensor: the aperture and shutter speed controls. With too little light, your photo will be too dark. With too much light, it will be too bright. In both cases some details will be lost. You use aperture and shutter speed to achieve the proper exposure, while taking into account some important side-effects you should be aware about.

Basic photo shooting

This article brings the basic photography concepts into practice. It offers general guidelines on how to prepare your camera for shooting, how to approach some common situations, and what to keep in mind. Note that there is no universal recipe for any situation (otherwise cameras would have had only one button), you certainly need to evaluate every situation individually.

What is image histogram (using histogram)

In this article I will talk about image histograms, what they are, and how to use them. People usually get terrified after the first look at them. Image histograms look like those terrible mathematical graphs we were so happy to forget after graduating! Yes, they are graphs, but they are very easy to interpret. And they are extremely helpful in photography once you learn some very simple basics!

Low light photography (night photography)

This article covers one of the most challenging photography situations: low light photography. It can be night photography or any other situation with limited light available, such as indoor in a poorly lit room. Think about concert photography, wedding photography in a church etc.

Flash photography (using camera flash)

This article discusses flash photography, a topic which seems to be easy and straightforward, but, in my opinion, is not. Beginning photographers usually think they know what camera flash is for: to generate artificial light when the ambient light is not sufficient. This is certainly true, but you need to develop certain skills to make sure that camera flash produces nice natural-looking lighting, does not spoil your photos. Moreover, you should realize that camera flash is useful far not only for low light photography. In fact, I probably use it more often in a bright sunshine than in low light situations...

Best digital camera to buy

Probably the most frequent advice request I receive from friends is about the best digital camera to buy. Choosing a camera can justifiably be considered the starting point for people who wish to dive into the photography world. In this article I describe my view on the existing digital photo camera types, and recommend what I think is best for photography enthusiasts.

Best DSLR lenses: how to buy camera lenses

Having chosen a DSLR camera, don't rush to a shop just yet!.. There is another very important decision to make. In fact, a more important one than the camera body itself! You need to choose your first DSLR lenses. This article gives some advices to help you with this difficult choice.

What are megapixels? How many megapixels do I need?

The first thing you usually hear when someone characterizes a digital camera is its resolution, measured in megapixels. And as designated by our human nature, we perceive that the more is the better... In this article I am going to explain what megapixels are, where the opinion "the more the better" came from, and why I believe that it is not relevant any more nowadays. I will try to convince you to focus on other characteristics rather than the megapixels when choosing a digital photo camera.

How to reduce image file size

People are often confused about the digital image size: what defines the image file size, how it relates to the image dimensions, etc. One of the most confusing related concepts is probably the digital image resolution. This article tries to explain these concepts, everything what you need to know about the digital image size.