Camera 101: Understanding the basics to master your camera

Updated: Aug 26, 2019

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Photography is a beautiful way of life. whether a master of the camera, or just beginning to understand the basics, it is always a joy to learn and practice your skills to improve upon them. That is why today, we are providing 3 simple tips to help you to master the camera. This is the bare minimum, bare basics - basically, the very beginning of your journey.

Cameras may come in a lot of different shapes and sizes but the basic function of all cameras are the same. Shutter speed, aperture, and depth of field are universal concepts of photography. Even one-time-use cameras work on these three ideas. The only difference in these three concepts between types of cameras is the degree to which you can control these functions.

#1 - Shutter Speed

Shutter speed is the amount of time which the shutter is open to allow the film/sensor to be exposed to light. This speed is generally measured in fractions of a second such as 1/250. The faster the shutter opens and closes, the less light strikes the film or digital sensor.

#2 - Aperture

Aperture describes the size of an opening within the camera lens that allows light to pass through the lens. The aperture works with the shutter speed to control the amount of light striking the film or digital sensor. Aperture is generally measured byF-Stop. Aperture also has a secondary effect of controlling the depth of field of an image.

#3 - Depth of Field

Depth of field describes how much of an image is in focus from front to back. Depth of field is controlled by the aperture as well as the lens magnification. Some images, such as portraits, have traditionally used mostly small depth of field in order to blur the background. Other images, such as landscapes, traditionally use much larger depth of field in order for the entire vista to be in focus.

Now, there are many other things to learn about your camera. There is white balance, lighting with iso, or techniques to help you in determing all this. But this is coming right out of the gate the things you should know, and what is going to help the most by understanding.

Thanks For reading! If you think anyone else can use this knowledge, then don't forget to share it. If you're interested in other photography Tips, Tricks, and photo Inspiration, then check out the links below:

> Camera 101: Understanding the basics to master your camera

> 9 ways to capture beautiful portraits

> 20 MOTIVATING QUOTES from Inspiring photographers

>8 Tips to Jumpstart you on your photography Journey

Till Next time,

Dallin Spence

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