Reader Question: Getting Started with Photography

May 5, 2011 · 0 comments

in Equipment,Lightroom,Tutorials

On 23 April 2011, I photographed Jean, my brother-in-law’s wedding to Lauren in the picturesque Natal Midlands. Not only was this a great honour, but it was also the first time I got to meet my new sister-in-law’s family, who are a bunch of like-minded people in more ways than one!

Lauren’s one brother is a keen amateur photographer, so naturally we hit it off instantly!

Sheldon emailed me asking for a few tips:

Also could you put me in the right direction as to what flash to start off with, with my Canon EOS?

As well as that if you could please remind me as to what adobe photo software to purchase thats more user friendly but still giving me the abilty to be creative with my photos?

I hope to post lots of question that I have in due course as I struggled playing around with the functions of Av (aperture)?? and Tv (shutter speed)? ? A lot of the photo’s I took came out some what blurry… And in conjunction with these modes I’d like to learn what ISO level it should be best set at. I know that it is all light depending but if you could give us a few pointers that would be great!

If you also know of any amateur photo comps I could enter that would be great too as I think its always nice to get feed back from people that are all learning…!

I hope that’s not to much to ask for but in your own time that will be so wonderful.

Thanks a million


I thought I’d make Sheldon’s email a blog post, so that other aspiring photographers out there can also learn from the advice…

The flash I’d recommend is the Canon speedlite 430 EX II or a better, but more expensive one (same as what I use) is the Canon speedlite 580 EX II.

The photo editing software I mentioned is called Lightroom. It’s like Photoshop (also made by Adobe) but just the lite version. Many pro photographers actually prefer it to Photoshop.

Aperture (AV), Shutter speed (TV) and ISO are three elements known as the Exposure Triangle, because they all work together. When you change one of them, bear in mind the other 2 will also change.

These 3 elements are the most important functions on your camera that you need to master. Once you have these waxed, you’ll be amazed by how your photography will improve! The blurry photos are from using a shutter speed that is too slow to freeze motion. Rule of thumb is, always check the display inside your viewfinder, and make sure you don’t go slower than 1/60 sec when hand holding your camera.

Read these links to freshen up on your Exposure Triangle:

Shutter Speed | Aperture | ISO

I will look out for competitions for you, but also check out the Photography Forums in your area. Perhaps also google a camera club in Ireland. I know they are all over the world, just find the one in your area or closest to you.

Chat soon!




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