The 3 basic ingredients of a good photo

D.I.Y. Photography for beginners


APERTURE, ISO & SHUTTER SPEED


(now, don't run away...you will never be afraid of these things again if you read this!)


Whether you use your mobile phone or a digital camera for taking photos, it is essential that you understand the 3 basic ingredients for taking good photos. Now I know it is way more easy when you simply use the automatic settings on both mobile cameras and digital cameras, but when you know how these 3 things work, you will be able to explore with different settings on your camera to give you the most amazing effects and results.


When talking to different people I meet, I find that most of them are intimidated by the technical complexity of terms like aperture, ISO and shutter speed. This is also the main reason why most people who own a digital camera don't use the camera to it's full functionality. I myself started out my journey as a photographer many years ago with the greatest fear of the (M) "Manual" setting on my DSLR. It scared me because I did not understand it. And thus I did not use it...but then I decided to set out to make it a lot simpler for myself, and because I am a creative person, I always "think with pictures" in my mind. So I will share with you a very easy way to understand how it works.



In simple terms, let's look at it this way:


Aperture is the size of the opening in the lens that allows light to travel through to the sensor. You can adjust the size of the opening in order to allow more light or less light in. I always remember it this way: "The bigger the number the smaller the hole (small hole = little light that comes through), the smaller the number the bigger the hole (big hole = lots of light coming through).