Two Photography Tips for Beginners

Photography tips can always be helpful for beginners interested in this craft. After all, photography is not only an art, but it's also a science. If you understand the physics of light, then you can manipulate it to create dynamic imagery. Here are two tips to help you get started making your art.

Always White Balance

Light comes in many different colors, depending on what its source is. This is called color temperature, and it is measured in units called Kelvins. Daylight has a blue look to it (5600K), while the tungsten lights in your home appear orange (3200K). While your eyes automatically adjust to this, your camera will not, and needs to be white balanced in order to display the correct colors in the image. Whenever your lighting changes, you should always white balance.

Eliminate Lens Flare

Lens flare occurs when there is direct light entering your lens. It is not pleasant looking and is extremely difficult to remove in editing. The best way to eliminate it is block it before a photo is taken. This can be accomplished by placing a hood over the lens or by setting a flag out of the frame. 

There might be times when you want to have lens flare in your shot for artistic reasons. If this is what you want, then you should still shoot the photo without lens flare and then add it in later using an editing program where you have precise control on how it will exactly look.