Nikon D7000 (New York)-tips to improve your photographic efforts

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  • Welcome to the fascinating world of photography! Thecreative possibilities and techniques with potential to yield tremendous results are endless within the fascinating hobby of photography and the superbequipment being developed such as Nikon D7000 and D800.
  • Whether you want to pursue photography as a profession or just want to improve your photo taking in general, photo composition is an essential element regardless of ones level of expertise. As with anything artistic,composition determines the overall success of the photo.
  • Another essential step in producing a good quality photo is to ensurethe subject is in good focus. This is especiallyimportant when youre first starting out. Keep the subject in the center of the composition. Dont be particularly concerned about the background at this early stage.
  • Although you may want to have the camera set on the lowest possible setting so that you can have more imageson your card before downloading them, you should ensurethat you understand exactly how much print quality youre sacrificing. Only use the low settings if you know for certain that the only place you are going to look at the photos will be on your computer.
  • At the risk of sounding simplistic, Always choose your best photos to show. It is always beneficial to take multiple shots with various settings, but you do not have to show them all off - just the best ones should be shown. Resist the urge to show multiple angles of the same setting or showing too many images at a time. When people are viewing your photography they dont really want to see similar subjects over and over again, so keep things fresh by showing off a variety of your photographic exploits.
  • If you are shooting in dim light, if you decrease theaperture, also known as the f/stop settings, this can helpachieve better frames. Adjusting the aperture will open it further thus allowing for more light to flood the camera lens as you capture a photo.
  • Use a variety of shutter speeds for unusual shots. Usingfast shutter speeds is common practice to prevent blurring but think about how you can use slow shutter speeds to intentionally blur your photos for creative purposes. Do you see that cyclist zooming along the road? You will be able to capture a perfect image of the cyclist yet the background will have interesting streaks highlighting the movement of your shot.
  • Pay attention to natural lighting. When taking outdoorphotos its usually best to pick a time when the sunlight is low. Generally, late afternoon or early morning will be best. Whenever the sun is directly overhead it can cause troublesome shadows and also cause your subject to squint becuase of the excessive light. Experiment with light. Use sunlight, candlelight and artificial light to see how each affects your subjects.
  • Most importantly, photography is something to beenjoyed. Photography is a means of capturing moments in time so you and your friends can remember together.Enjoy taking photographs and youll usually find you want to keep learning more to hone your skills.
  • You will have to play with ISO, aperture and shutter speed. All of these features work to determine the exposure foryour picture. You will want to avoid either overexposing orunderexposing a picture except in some special cases. You will want to experiment with such features to more fully understand how they influence the pictures you are taking.
  • Although you probably dont think you need to use a flashwhen taking pictures outdoors, it is usually a wise move to be prepared to use flash. Without a flash in the sunlight the sun may actually cause your picture to developshadows. In some cases a fill flash setting on your camera can help camouflage any potential facial shadowing.
  • You do not have to always hold your camera horizontally when taking pictures. You can achieve visually striking photographic shots by turning and holding your cameravertically. Zoom in if necessary to get a full effect, or zoom out to capture human subjects from head to toe.
  • Keep in mind what works for someone else may not necessarily work for you, so make sure to try manydifferent techniques before deciding on what will suit you best.
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