Digital Photography: 33 Effective Photography Tips and Easy Photography Lessons to Help You Learn Digital Photography in a Fun Way by Edgar Mathis by Edgar Mathis - Read Online

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The ability to take photos has been noted as far back as the 4th and 5th century where records indicate that the Greek mathematicians Aristotle and Euclid describe a pinhole camera.  In essence this was a box which captured an imaged and reflected it onto a surface.  For this image to be recorded it needed to be drawn.  For many centuries this was the closest humans got to a device which could actually render an image onto a piece of material which could be kept.

By the beginning of the 19th century technology had sufficiently advanced to enable the printing of a picture onto a photographic plate.  The plate could then be used to print a picture onto paper.  It was an arduous process, for a successful picture it was necessary to have a minimum of eight hours exposure – not a valid option for taking a picture of a person!  By 1837 this exposure time had been reduced to just a few minutes and the first recorded photograph of a person, having his boots polished on a Paris street, was captured in 1838.  Various developments in photographic plates took place over the remainder of the 19th century and the quality of photos grew steadily better.

By 1885 the first camera film had been made, essential paper on a photographic plate.  This was quickly followed by the transparent film roll; which first hit the market in 1889.  This film had several issues, the most notable that it was highly flammable as it was made from nitrocellulose.  In 1908 Kodak introduced the first safety film.  Unfortunately Kodak’s film was significantly more expensive than the nitro film and so did not become popular to until the mid twentieth century.

Film is still the photographic medium of choice by some traditionalists and by those who have a love of film.  The majority of people now use digital photography.  This technology arrived in the early part of the 21st century and has now become common place.  It is far easier for the majority of users, particularly as a picture can be reviewed instantly and, in most situations, a second one can be taken.  A picture can be printed at home or in a dedicated lab; most importantly the picture can be effortlessly printed multiple times.

Many modern cameras are loaded with features which should ensure a perfect photo is taken every time.  However, it can often be baffling looking at the array of switches and settings and many operators prefer to simply point and shoot.  While this can often provide good pictures it will never provide the spectacular picture that you want to show off to your friends.  There are a variety of methods described in this book which will assist any photographer to make the most of the camera and obtain those truly amazing photos.  A photo really can say a thousand words; provided it is taken correctly.

Chapter 1 – Types of photography

There are a huge range of photography fields and your approach to taking photos will vary according to which type of photo is being shot.  Some of these types can lead to full time job prospects.  The most common fields are:

Fashion Photography

This can be someone who takes pictures of an aspiring model or an established one.  Every detail will need to be perfect to ensure the model and what they are advertising; usually clothes, gets the right message across.

Nature Photography

Any picture of the outdoors can be a nature photo.  It can be the plants or trees or simply a scene which catches the photographer’s eye.  Such as a lake which is framed by mountains and woodland. It is essential to