Photography is a blend of art and science. While the artistry element is a personal attribute, you can nurture your technical knowledge about photography by learning various proven techniques at Nikon School. Starting from understanding your camera controls to the exposure triangle, there is no dearth of information that you can use to up your photography game. On that note, we present five pro photography tips to better harness the power of your Nikon camera and elevate your photography game. Read on.
Using the Rule of Thirds
Rule of thirds is perhaps the most widely used pictorial composition technique to capture compelling frames. Whether you are shooting stills or shooting videos, this technique helps in placing the subject at the most suitable place in the frame. To apply the rule of thirds, imagine 2 vertical and 2 horizontal lines dividing the frame into nine equal squares; the subject should be placed at any of the intersection points of the four lines. Place points of interest in the intersections or along the lines so that your photo becomes more balanced and the viewer is able to interact with it more naturally.
Using the Exposure Triangle
The exposure triangle comprises the ISO, shutter speed, and aperture, all of which play key roles in capturing photographs. Shutter speed controls the length of the time for which the image sensor is exposed to light. Higher shutter speeds are used to freeze an action, in contrast slower shutter speeds are used to reveal motion in your images. Aperture controls the amount of light reaching the image sensor through the lens and it also controls the depth of field in an image. ISO is your camera's sensitivity to light.If you change any one of the three settings in the exposure triangle, you would also have to pay attention to the other two and adjust accordingly. It is, therefore, important to know your way around the exposure triangle to get the most out of the highly capable manual mode on your Nikon camera.
Using a Polarizing Filter
A polarizing filter is a game-changing accessory as it helps improve the image output by restricting the reflections cast by water, glass, and metal. It is generally recommended to go with a circular polarizing filter, as it can also act as a protective layer for your lens. By equipping your camera with a polarizing filter, you can give your photographs a rich colour profile and also suppress the glare when shooting water bodies.
Using Flash in Indoor Shooting
While flash is a great aid when shooting in low-light environments, using a pop-up flash when shooting indoor portraits may not be the best of options. When shooting indoor portraits, instead of using a pop-up flash, you can try adjusting the ISO settings and use a wide aperture. In environments where you have to rely on a flash, use one that has a rotatable head and point it at the ceiling at an angle. This would help soften light before it hits your subject.
Minimizing Distractions in Portraits
When shooting portraits, the subject is typically the most important element on which you have to focus, and having too many elements running in the background can take the attention away from the subject. To minimize such distractions and drive your audiences’ attention towards the subject, you can try using simple patterns and background with neutral colour tones. Use shallow depth of field, which is available on a prime lens, such as NIKKOR AF-S 50mm f/1.8.
The Last Word
The secret to becoming an ace photographer lies in the capability to play around with all the settings and technology made available to you by your Nikon camera. Be it the exposure triangle or the use of a flash, there is a lot that you can do to bring life into your images. Keep following this space to learn more photography basics and tutorials for beginners. You can also be a part of our Nikon photography workshops conducted by seasoned professionals with proven expertise behind the lens, imparting insights on the various intricacies of photography and videography.