Digital Photography Lessons – The 3 Elements of WOW in Digital Photography

January 1, 2012 by  
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Digital Photography Lessons -- The 3 Elements of WOW in Digital Photography

Article by Dan Eitreim

Frequently we’ll see a person walking around with enough camera gear slung around his neck to open a camera store. These people make it seem as though photography is complex and impossible to understand. Not so. Digital photography lessons all boil down to 3 simple elements.

1. -- The aperture.

The aperture is nothing more than a hole in the camera that lets in light. That’s it, nothing more. All those confusing numbers like f 2.8, f 4, f 5.6, f11, f 16 and so on are simply the way we write down what the size of the hole is.

The “f” means focal length. The number is a mathematical calculation that the geeks understand. We don’t need to understand it. All we need to know is that it is a fraction.

So, like any other fraction, the smaller the denominator (the number on the bottom) the bigger the number. For example, 1/2 is a larger number than 1/8.

Therefore, f 2.8 is a bigger hole in the camera (and lets in more light) than f 16.

2. -- Shutter speed.

Shutter speed is nothing more than the amount of time the aperture is open…letting in light to the film or digital sensor.

Of course there are bunches of combinations of shutter speed and aperture -- but the basics are pretty simple wouldn’t you agree?

3. -- Creative input.

Creative input is the real magic to creating amazing photographs -- ones that have that elusive “WOW” factor. In creative we are concerned with things like lighting, posing, composition, and so on.

So, there you have it…photography in a nutshell. It consists of aperture size and shutter speed which are mechanical operations for the most part. That’s why cameras are able to have settings like aperture priority, shutter priority and full automatic.

The amount of light needed can be easily calculated by the cameras internal computer.

What can’t be automatically computed and where we find the true artistry in photography, is in the creative decisions that go into each photo.

No camera could ever automatically make these sorts of creative decisions.

If you want to take your photography to a whole new level and start getting photos that will rival the best professionals -- and you can -- you can go online and find digital photography lessons that will quickly take you out of the fully automatic, grab shot phase and put the “WOW” into YOUR photos.

For a lot more information and more digital photography lessons, check out my website…

I know how hard it can be to try and capture your creative vision with a camera, but if you really want to be creative you’ll need to learn a couple methods that work amazingly well…They are simple to pick up, work right away and don’t take any practice -- you can read how to do it in my free ebook here… “Secrets To Creating Stunning Photos!”

Don’t give up hope, it’s NOT impossible. To learn how to put that elusive “WOW” factor into your photography -- just click here…

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