Lighting is something that can really make or break your photography—even if you have a good camera. It is wise to experiment with different types of light. Go out and see how things look under different levels of natural light. See how pictures look under man-made lights, as well as how indoor pictures tend to look. It also helps to experiment with angles. The way that light hits your subjects can drastically change how they look.
In real life, the human eye is very sensitive and even dark rooms are very vivid. However, this is not true for cameras. Many times, a thing, place or person that looks really vivid in real life has to have more light shown on it in order to appear clear and appealing on camera. If you find out that the subjects and backgrounds of your pictures need more lighting, it is wise to invest in light set ups. There are a number of tutorials online that claim to teach people how to make DIY light set ups for cheap. There are also various light setups that one can buy that are of different price points.
What is interesting is that makeup can really work wonders for a person’s appearance when he/she is in a photograph or video. It is quite an interesting phenomenon because, in-person, a person with makeup on may look like he/she has “too much makeup on,” or doesn’t need makeup. One can argue that people already look okay without makeup. However, on camera, what would make someone look like a creepy doll in real life might make him/her stand out and look beautiful.
Cameras Good for Different Things
There are cameras that have been built to specialize in taking different types of pictures. For example, if you are thinking about taking pictures on your next scuba diving trip, there are a number of cameras out there that are very much water proof. If you want to take dermatology images, you should find that right camera for that purpose.
Quality of Pictures and Videos
When you shop around for cameras, take note of each camera’s quality when it comes to photos and videos. Online, there are a lot of videos and blogs where people give samples of media that they have captured on their cameras. The quality of pictures and videos certainly does differ with each camera. When comparing samples online, one might see that there are noticeable, yet sometimes subtle, differences in quality between lower end cameras and higher end cameras.
Secondary and Tertiary Purchases
When buying cameras, it is wise to consider the secondary and tertiary purchases that you might have to make—in relation to the initial purchase and ownership of your camera. For example, buying a camera does not just end with buying a camera—you may want to buy extra lenses. You may also want to buy various things to store and protect your camera in. There may be various upgrades and fixes that you will have to make to your camera.