Getting Started with Digital Photography and Watermarking

With the warmer weather finally on the not too distant horizon (it better be!), now is the time when we start thinking about what clothes to start getting out for the end of winter and what day trips or holidays we’d like to take this Spring and Summer.

Suddenly, as the days get longer and the sun rises and sets later, the daily drag of routine may not seem quite as bad. And if there’s one thing I can definitively say about the UK, it’s that the sunny outdoors, whether it be our countryside, cities or coastline, is simply gorgeous. Wherever you find yourself, there is stunning greenery in front of you or somewhere around the corner.

Taking photos is something just about everyone does in 2018, and not just when we are out and about. Gone are the days when, except for the real enthusiasts, the camera would only come on a special occasion. We’ve long since gone the digital photography route, and for the better in my view.

But how much do we really know about using the amazing technology we have at our fingertips to the best of its ability? And actually, how hard is it to learn a few tips and tricks to make our snaps into not just something to remember a moment by, but something to admire?

Digital Photography 101

There quite a few basics of digital photography and once you take the time to study them they’ll make the experience that much more enjoyable. In an age of automatic point and shoot from our mobile phones or our digital cameras, the true enjoyment of photography can get lost.

Shutter Speed

The shutter speed can be easily explained as the amount of time that your camera lens is “open” and taking the photo. If you’re taking an action photograph, let’s say of a person running, a fast shutter speed can appear to make the person be frozen in time. Whilst slow shutter speeds can help give the illusion of movement in a still photograph.

Aperture

In photography, the aperture is the opening in the lens that controls how much light comes in. The higher the aperture the more light comes through the lens and the brighter the photograph.

ISO and Noise 

We have all seen the reference to “noise” when we have edited a photo, even if it’s only been using an app on our mobiles. But what are ISO and noise? It’s simple – it is a measurement of the sensitivity to light. The lower the number the less sensitive your camera is to the light which means you will end up with a grainier photo.

Watermarking Your Images

Knowing the basics of digital photography can open a world of creativity for any hobby photographer. As we know, there are many hobbies that can then turn into careers, and if photography is something you love you may as well protect the images that you have worked so hard on. Web apps like Watermarkly and Visual Watermark are a perfect way to watermark your images in batches. You can have the option to select an automatic location for the watermark, a logo, a font, etc. without having to worry about your images going online and falling into the wrong hands.

With free trials and paid versions available the options are available for those of us who just need to watermark our images for our blogs and social media pages to those of you who are professional photographers. Pretty neat if you ask me!

Since most of us respond better to images, I have a great infographic from Backdrop Store to help us remember those digital camera essentials needed to capture the moment perfectly. Pin it or bookmark it so you can refer to it anytime!

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