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Long gone are the days needing darkrooms or carrying a huge camera obscura to capture moments. It’s easier now than ever to get started. You can dive in and start snapping away using your digital camera at anything that piques your interest. 

Photography is a fun and exciting process. So, if you enjoy capturing images wherever you go and are looking for simple ways to improve and master the craft, this beginner’s guide is what you need. And Nicki Geigert’s photography class, of course. Enhance your photography skills and learn more about shooting speed, lens compatibility, dynamic range, and other essential photo topics from this class. 

Nicki’s session and this post should help you build a strong foundation. Keep in mind that photography is an art you’ll never really be done learning. The best way to keep improving is to practice often, make mistakes, and be open to learning, especially the newcomers to the craft. 

Here are our favorite beginner tips from Nicki Geigert that will help you improve your photography! 

Use Wider Aperture to Make the Subject Pop

If you want your subject to pop, use a wider aperture size to make the background behind blurred out. This will help remove distracting backgrounds and elements, making your subject stand out. To achieve these, zoom in on the subject with your largest magnification. This will naturally reduce the depth of field. Then adjust the aperture to its widest setting. That’s it. A Wide aperture will reduce the depth of field even further. 

Take note; you can experiment with even wider apertures but keep your subject’s eyes in focus. 

Use the Rule of Thirds

The rule of thirds helps you take eye-catching pictures by using one of the most effective compositions. This is based on the idea that images are generally more interesting and well-balanced when they aren’t centered. This is a practice you have to keep in mind if you want to take pictures with the “wow” factor. A picture composed using the rule of thirds is usually more pleasing to the eye.

To use the rule of thirds, imagine four lines, two lying horizontally across the image and two vertical lines creating nine even squares. If you follow composition, rather than positioning your subject or the important elements of a scene at the center of the photo, you’d place them along with one of the four lines or at the points where the lines intersect. Cameras have this grid option you can turn on to serve as your guide when capturing photos. 

Practice Selective Framing 

It has been said that a good photographer can take a creative picture in any setting. Aside from thinking like an artist, the trick is to find the right angle and to frame carefully. You see, framing completely changes the way the viewer will experience the photos, in a highly liberating realization. Whether you’re trying to take a picture of the sunset or the bear on the mountain, selective framing emphasizes that by adding or removing what’s in the frame to tell the best story.  

Looking at Nicki Geigert’s landscape scenery photos, she used selective framing to demand the viewer’s uninterrupted attention, blocking out other parts of the photo. 

Switch Up Your Perspective 

Most of us see everything from our perspective, and if your photography is only done at human eye level, photos can look boring. Experiment with different angles to discover new perspectives. Perspective in photography is the spatial awareness between objects within the scene you are capturing. 

Through various perspectives, subjects can appear much smaller or larger than normal; lines can converge, and so much more. It creates a sense of depth and scale to your images, enabling you to hold your viewer’s attention. This also creates a new and unique perspective for a more powerful image. When you play around with angles, you’ll likely start seeing objects and subjects in a different way. 

Prevent Camera Shake

Camera shake is probably the central problem of every handheld camera. It’s one of the reasons why some photos are rendered unusable. This occurs when you’re not holding or supporting the camera correctly. While it’s a common issue, it can be easily fixed. Most cameras now have features that help them prevent camera shakes, such as stabilization and shutter speeds. 

These are only a small portion of what you’ll learn from the amazing Nicki Geigert. Contact her today and sign up for her class.  

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